Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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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

Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival

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Turnbull and Downtown Cheney MayFest combined efforts on Saturday, May 12th to offer the public 2 major outreach events, the 7th Annual Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival and MayFest. Activities and booths were located on the Refuge and in downtown Cheney.

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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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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

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.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces

Turnbull NWR Forest Management Project

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Commercial thinning of ponderosa pine forest will begin late November in 3 management units on Turnbull. This project is to improve wildlife habitat and remove unnatural fuel loading to reduce wildfire risk.

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About the Complex

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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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