Turnbull's abundant wetlands and expansive skies define this landscape.
The beautiful hoary bat is just one of the 11 species of bats found at Turnbull.
Turnbull's trumpeter swans are a big attraction for the visiting public.
Biscuits & Swales
Numerous species of flora abound in this rare and unique habitat.
Twenty-five waterfowl species use Turnbull as nesting or migratory stopover habitat.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. If you are between the ages of K-12 grade and love to draw or paint, follow this link for contest rules and entry instructions.Learn More
About the 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.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Special Features & Events
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.Learn More
- May 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.Learn More
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
- October 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
Feeling blue? Look for the western bluebird, the perfect indicator of a healthy, thriving ponderosa pine forest.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017