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    Turnbull's Wetlands

    Turnbull's abundant wetlands and expansive skies define this landscape.

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    Hoary Bat

    The beautiful hoary bat is just one of the 11 species of bats found at Turnbull.


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    Trumpeter Swans

    Turnbull's trumpeter swans are a big attraction for the visiting public.

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    Biscuits & Swales

    Numerous species of flora abound in this rare and unique habitat.

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    Mallard Drake

    Twenty-five waterfowl species use Turnbull as nesting or migratory stopover habitat.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces

Youth Conservation Corps

Want to get involved in wildlife conservation and work in a beautiful setting? If you are between the ages of 15-18 and looking for summer employment, Turnbull NWR is now accepting applications for this year's Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew.

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About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

From prairie to subalpine forest, Turnbull, Little Pend Oreille, and Kootenai represent the unique beauty and diversity of wildlife and habitat of the Inland Northwest.

Turnbull is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Special Features & Events

  • Monarchs and Milkweed

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    This large, black and orange butterfly is likely one of the most iconic insects in the world. The monarch's annual life cycle and migration, its total reliance on milkweeds to complete this cycle and the spectacular aggregations of millions of monarchs at overwintering sites in Mexico and California are legendary. The monarch has been the subject of numerous books, research papers, classroom programs, and science fair projects for decades. This popular and once abundant species is now, however, in jeopardy.

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  • Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival

    FFF logo 100x100May 13, 2017

    Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, wildflowers, insects and other wildlife. Explore the underwater world of refuge wetlands. Journey back through time to grasp the power of the Ice Age Floods. Get a close-up look at a raptor or a songbird. BEE dazzled by our pollinators and learn about all the great work by the Refuge and our partners to conserve our natural environment. Turnbull and our partners are collaborating with Cheney MayFesters to join the Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival with the MayFest celebration on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The majority of information and activity booths will be located in downtown Cheney. Several activities requiring natural habitats and open space will be hosted on the refuge.

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  • 2016 Photo Contest Winner

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    James Strampher's charming photo of twin moose calves swimming in a refuge wetland was selected from over 300 entries for the face of the 2017 Annual Refuge Pass. If you are interested in participating in this year's photo contest, go to the following link.

    Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest
  • Community Planting Events

    Aspen Leaves  100x100October 15, 2016

    In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and National Wildlife Refuge Week, Turnbull partners with Spokane Audubon Society and Friends of Turnbull to host two major community planting events in the spring and fall. Come join us in our efforts to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species.

    Fall Community Planting Event
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 09, 2017


  • Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival

    Williams Lake Plunge Pool  100x75May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017

    Get outdoors, and join the fun. Come to Turnbull's Sixth Annual Spring Nature Festival.

    Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival
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