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A day at Turnbull Refuge is sights to behold

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The secret to wildlife watching is getting to a good spot and hanging out.  Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney is a good place to start, as wildlife enthusiast Carlene Hardt has discovered in recent years. Here's a note to go along with the photos she snapped last week at the refuge.

In spring, Turnbull teems with life and I look forward to what I might see every time I go. And it was fun to share the excitement of a young girl whose family had stopped to watch the swans near me - it was the first time she had seen a swan!

It is encouraging to see that the pair of trumpeter swans from last year have returned. They had four cygnets last year and I hope they'll raise another family this year.

A $3 fee per vehicle is charged to enter the refuge headquarters area, motor tour route and trailheads.  Or, a federal Duck Stamp suffices, as to federal access permits such as the Senior Pass, which is available at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management office in Spokane Valley.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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