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OUTDOORS – Experts in wildlife, wildflowers and geology will combine their talents for a festival of nature walks, youth activities and educational information on Saturday (May 18) at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
The second annual “Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival” – completely free, including no entry fee into the refuge – will include nature hikes dealing with topics such as Ice Age Floods and Channeled Scablands, spring birds, wildflower and insects.
The refuge is 4.2 miles south of Cheney, off Cheney-Plaza Road. Drive to the refuge headquarters.
- Space is limited for some activities so it’s best to pre-register here.
Info: Turnbull Refuge, (509) 235-4723.
and all you wanted was more environmental news.
Since we will both be traveling on Sunday, we’re going to take Monday off from posting and instead give you some green news on a Thursday. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and if you are traveling - do so safe. Season’s greetings from DTE!
Here are some stories you might have missed recently.
News from a place DTE is both fond and familiar with, it was announced last week in the S-R that, the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will receive $1.5 million to purchase nearly 500 additional acres of Eastern Washington’s Channeled Scablands. “Protecting the refuge’s water sources is one goal of buying more land,” according to Mike Rule, the refuge’s wildlife biologist. In our experiences in Turnbull, we found it both interesting and peaceful, and recommend you checking it out for yourself. And now there’s 500 additional acres to see. Read more HERE.
Pay attention local foodies and locavores. A Year of Plenty reports about some grants and scholarships that are available for developing local food systems. Washington’s Department of Health is offering 10 grants for local food advocates to partner with WIC offices to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables as part of the WIC program, Quillisascut Farm in Rice, WA is offering an educational event for those interested in starting a school garden, and the USDA is starting a project funding high tunnels (hoop houses) for farms in an effort to study the potential for increasing the supply of local food. Read more HERE. And for some inspiration on why caring about food matters for the environment, read this wonderful excerpt from Wendell Berry’s book “A Continuous Harmony,” that we were tipped off to by A Year of Plenty. “We will know that no person is free except in the freedom of other persons, and that our only freedom is to know and faithfully occupy our place - a much humbler place than we have been taught to think - in the order of creation….” Read more HERE.