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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

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.

Fall Community Planting Event

2017 Photo Contest Winner

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Christine Haines snapped this winning photo of 2 Great Horned owlets last spring. Her amazing photo will be on the 2018 Annual Refuge Pass.

2018 Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest

Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival

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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 Floods, Flowers and Feathers partners are collaborating with MayFesters to combine efforts with their celebration on Saturday, May 12, 2018. 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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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces

Turnbull NWR Timber Sale Notice

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking qualified bidders to commercially thin ponderosa pine on portions of three refuge management units within Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Please follow the link below for further information.

TNWR Timber Sale News Release

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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