The closest people get to nature these days is an image of some trees set as their desk top screen saver. In a world driven by technology, deadlines, and coffee the beauty of nature has been put on the back burner and forgotten. However, just because it’s forgotten doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Located outside Cheney, WA is Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, a picturesque landscape where Mother Nature and her beings thrive.
The cataclysmic Ice Age Floods carved out Eastern Washington, exposing basaltic rock, creating distinctive land features. These land features are more widely known as the Channeled Scablands. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 18, 217 acres of the Channeled Scablands. Marshes, wetlands, and lakes make up 3,000 acres of Turnbull NWR. These wetlands are incredibly vital to waterfowl, as they are some of the last quality breeding grounds. Currently there are 17 species of nesting waterfowl and additional eight species that winter or stop during the migration seasons. There are 200 acres of aspen riparian, 10,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest, and 4,000 acres of prairie that are home to various species of mammals, birds, insects, and reptiles. Some examples of wildlife at Turnbull NWR include elk, cougars, badgers, and even flying squirrels. Overall, Turnbull NWR offers breathtaking views and is a great place to immerse oneself in the nature of Eastern Washington.
While the world’s population stares blankly at computers, smart phones, and televisions, nature at Turnbull NWR carries on. Birds chirp, snakes slither, and hidden beings rustle in the midst of the dense forest. Wildlife continues to live on, flourishing as it always has. Turnbull NWR is home to a diverse number of plants, animals, and habitats. It is a place of refuge where people from all over can escape technology and get back to basics.