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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

2019 Turnbull NWR Photo Contest Winner


And the winner is...a great shot of a porcupine by photographer Tina Penny and the winner of Turnbull's 2019 photography contest. Tina's porcupine photo will be featured on the 2020 Refuge Annual Pass. For more information on how you can enter this year's photo contest, please follow the link below. Good luck!

2020 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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Compatibility Determinations Available for Review

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Turnbull is updating its CDs for secondary uses on the Refuge. Secondary uses include research, haying and grazing, and tree harvest. You are invited to review the draft Compatibility Determinations related to these uses.

Compatibility Determinations Available for Review
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces

Turnbull's Sustainable Green Building

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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge headquarter's building was designed for significant reduction in energy consumption. Built in 2009, this super-insulated high performance facility is a model of sustainable design which earned the 2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for outstanding sustainable integrated design for energy and water conservation. 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.

Sustainable Green Building

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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