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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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Energy Conservation

Turnbull Receives Environmental Leadership Awards

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Turnbull received two awards for projects that resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption. The new office headquarters completed in 2009 received the 2010 U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy and Water Management Award for outstanding sustainable integrated design for energy and water conservation. Recent renovation of Turnbull's maintenance shop, resulting in a 32% reduction in energy consumption, earned the 2011 U.S. Department of the Interior's Environmental Achievement Award.

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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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  • Community Planting Events

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    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.

    Spring Community Planting Event
  • Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest

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    Turnbull NWR is seeking amazing photographs showcasing the incredible wildlife and habitats found on the refuge. The winning photo will be featured on the face of the 2017 annual refuge pass.

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  • Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival

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    Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, 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. This year, Turnbull and our Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival partners are collaborating with the City of Cheney to combine efforts with the Mayfest celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Most information and activity booths will now be located in downtown Cheney. Several activities requiring natural habitats and open space will still be hosted on the refuge.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016


  • Spring Community Planting Event

    Tree PlantingApril 30, 2016 - April 30, 2016

    Plant a tree! Help us celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.

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