Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Cheney, Washington

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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is like a crazy quilt. Wildflowers and native grasses edge up to exposed basalt balds, also known as scabrock. The balds surround ponds, lakes, and marshy wetlands that interrupt stands of pine and aspen. Just as Ridgefield NWR and Columbia NWR are migratory hotspots, the diversity of habitats found at Turnbull likewise attracts more than 200 bird species, 100 of which have nested on the site, including most of the species of ducks found in the state. Reports of nesting birds also include Northern Goshawk, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls, Trumpeter Swan, and American Redstart. As a result, Audubon Washington has designated Turnbull NWR as an Important Bird Area. Habitats: Wetland, mixed forest, prairie, ponds and lakes, shrub-steppe. Specialty birds: Tundra Swan; Greater Whitefronted Goose; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; American Avocet; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Shorteared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing; Common Redpoll.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is like a crazy quilt. Wildflowers and native grasses edge up to exposed basalt balds, also known as scabrock. The balds surround ponds, lakes, and marshy wetlands that interrupt stands of pine and aspen. Just as Ridgefield NWR and Columbia NWR are migratory hotspots, the diversity of habitats found at Turnbull likewise attracts more than 200 bird species, 100 of which have nested on the site, including most of the species of ducks found in the state. Reports of nesting birds also include Northern Goshawk, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls, Trumpeter Swan, and American Redstart.

As a result, Audubon Washington has designated Turnbull NWR as an Important Bird Area. Habitats: Wetland, mixed forest, prairie, ponds and lakes, shrub-steppe. Specialty birds: Tundra Swan; Greater Whitefronted Goose; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; American Avocet; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Shorteared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing; Common Redpoll."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Cheney
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018