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Upcoming events at Turnbull


July 5, 2012

Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge has two upcoming events at refuge headquarters, 26010 S. Smith Road, south of Cheney off Cheney-Plaza Road. Both events are free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested. For more info call Louise O'Leary at 235-4531, or

“Bats of the World and the Channeled Scablands”

Wednesday, July 18. 7:30 p.m.

Join bat experts and wildlife biologists Sandy Rancourt and Mike Rule for an illustrated presentation , followed by a walk where special sound detectors will be demonstrated and a few bats may be caught for identification and examination. It is recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, a sweater or jacket, and bring a flashlight.

“David Douglas in the Shrub Steppe”

Tuesday, Aug. 21. 7:30 p.m.

An evening with local renown naturalist, author and teacher Jack Nisbet. Scottish naturalist David Douglas spent much of 1826 collecting flora and fauna in the Columbia Basin. In mid-summer he traveled with a Hudson's Bay Company horse brigade from the mouth of the Clearwater River to Spokane House, following flood coulees and tribal trails on a route that took them close to Turnbull. In this powerpoint presentation we will look at some of what Douglas saw, and try to figure out how things have changed here over the past two centuries.

Nisbet is a Spokane-based teacher and writer whose books include “Singing Grass Burning Sage,” “Visible Bones,” “Sources of the River,” “The Mapmaker's Eye,” and “The Collector.” He and his wife Claire are currently curating a museum exhibit called “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work” that will open at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Sept. 22. A companion book of the same name will appear later this fall.


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