Thursday, October 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
26010 S. Smith Rd, Cheney, WA
Meet at the public restrooms at 10:00 am. Please be ready to begin your adventure at 10:00 am. On the Refuge Map, it is the first bathrooms you come to on the left when you enter on Smith Road. Allow extra time to drive to our meeting location. Most people under estimate how long it takes to get to the Turnbull property (which 18,000 acres), the park entrance, and the meeting place. Please don't be late!
Your adventure at Turnbull will have 4 sections to it: nature hike, aquatic lab activities at a pond, sack lunch, and indoor activities at the museum/education center. Turnbull NWR is located on the eastern edge of the Columbia River Basin, known as the Channeled Scablands. This rugged terrain supports an unusual pattern of wetlands, rock, ponderosa pine and aspen forests, grassland, and shrub-steppe habitat. This mosaic provides important habitat for migrating and breeding waterfowl and other water birds. The upland habitat, primarily ponderosa pine/grassland mixed with exposed basalt cliffs and areas of meadow and shrub-steppe, supports a large variety of wildlife. More than 200 different kinds of birds have been recorded in this area. Mammals include elk, mule and white-tailed deer, coyote, badger, porcupine, muskrat, beaver, and 10 species of bats. Turnbull's environmental education program promotes the development of an educated and informed constituency, pro-active in protecting and restoring natural ecosystems. Visitors can view mounted birds and mammals and other natural history exhibits in the museum/education center. This field trip is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the ecology and natural history of eastern Washington and to experience wildlife in a way that only the National Wildlife Refuge System can offer. Watch a 6 minute video about Turnbull.