Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Spokane, Washington 99219

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

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"Covering more than16,000 acres, the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge serves as a wildlife sanctuary to hundreds of bird species, including twenty-seven species of ducks. Mammals thrive here as well, taking advantage of the vast undisturbed habitat (only 2200 acres of the refuge are open to the public).

Most visitors never leave their vehicles, taking advantage instead of the great views along the 5.5-mile auto-tour route on a well-graded gravel road. That means hikers can find solitude as they explore the wonderful wildlife habitat of the area."

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Birding Washington (Falcon Guides)
Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 3 hours
March through October
2,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,300 feet
Top Elevation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rosalia
Local Maps

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Dec 2018