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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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Special Features & Events

Community Planting Event

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In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Turnbull partners with Spokane Audubon Society and Friends of Turnbull to host a community planting event in the fall. Come join us in our efforts to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species. This fall's event is October 5, 2019.

Fall Community Planting Event TNWR

2018 Turnbull NWR Photo Contest Winner

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Buck Domitrovich's patience paid off when he captured this winning photo of a Virginia rail. His amazing shot will be featured on the 2019 Refuge Annual Pass. For more information on how you can enter this year's photo contest, please check out the link below.

2019 Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest

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. Turnbull and the Xerces Society will be hosting a monarch butterfly workshop on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9 am. To register for this event please click on the Learn More button below and go to page 5.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces

Haying Opportunity on Turnbull Refuge


Haying will be allowed on several areas of the refuge this year. Haying is an important management practice to aid in the manipulation and improvement of grassland and wetland habitat. For further information on the selection process and time frame, please click the news release link below.

Haying Opportunity on Turnbull Refuge

About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge 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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