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Turnbull festival combines geology, flora, fauna

A male Blue Copper butterfly, seen at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge.  Copyright John Baumann
 (John Baumann)
A male Blue Copper butterfly, seen at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. Copyright John Baumann (John Baumann)

NATURE -- Floods, Flowers and Feathers is the theme for a new festival at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge that will feature elements of the Ice Age Floods that shaped the land along with the flora and fauna that flourish in this special channeled scablands habitat.

The festival, set for May 19 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., includes several free outdoor elements:

  • Learn geology of the unique channeled scablands landscape.
  • Enjoy nature walks with native plant and bird experts.
  • Watch biologists band songbirds for research.
  • Examing reptiles and amphibians.
  • Learn how to track elk with radio telemetry.

Call (509) 235-4723 for more information and to make reservations for events.

Places in some events can be reserved online.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is partnering with numerous organizations/agencies to make this Festival a wonderful outdoor event in a remarkable environment. Some of the partners include Eastern Washington University Biology Department, Friends of Turnbull Refuge, Ice Age Floods Institute-Cheney Spokane Chapter, Northeast Washington Chapter of the Native Plant Society, and Spokane Audubon Society.

The Refuge is located 4.2 miles south of Cheney, off Cheney-Plaza Road.

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