Articles written by Carlene Hardt


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  • The Glance

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Mar 31, 2022

    A pair of swans resting and eating were seen by many visitors at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 12. The solid black bill and the red "lipstick" marking identified that they were clearly Trumpeters....

  • Moose pair

    Carlene Hardt, Special to The Free Press|Updated Oct 14, 2021

    A bull moose and mate flirt and graze at Ice Pond at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last week. Their coats were so shiny and healthy looking. The bull's rack was impressive and its dewlap long....

  • A sure sign of summer

    Carlene Hardt, Contributor|Updated Jun 3, 2021

    Contributed by / Cheney Free Press Last week, the lilacs were in full bloom at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and it drew beautiful Swallowtail butterflies and bees in for nectar nourishment....

  • Swan stretch at Turnbull

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Apr 22, 2021

    A Trumpeter swan stretching its beautiful wings at one of the ponds at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend. Spring is a good time to see a variety of birds coming back to the area or simply migrating through....

  • Time to fly

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Apr 30, 2020

    An osprey that claimed one of the nesting platforms along the Columbia Plateau Trail near Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge takes flight last Friday. The osprey was apparently agitated when a bald eagle flew close to the nest, taking off but eventually returning...

  • A delicate platform

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Mar 28, 2019

    Several Tundra and Trumpeter Swans are migrating north this month and some stopped in for a few days at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Some ice was left on Middle Pine Lake and that is where an adult Trumpeter and young cygnet stood to preen last Friday, March 22. The cygnet will have all white feathers when it is 1 year old....

  • Take out

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Feb 21, 2019

    The addition of a snow pack this month has led some animals to find new ways to get food. This moose was seen helping herself to some birdseed at a home just above Marshal in the Grove and Hallett road area Tuesday morning, Feb. 19....

  • Unexpected visitors

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Oct 11, 2018

    You never know what you are going to see at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. A flock of Great Egrets (also known as the common egret, large egret, great white egret or great white heron) were passing through Turnbull on their way south for the winter. A couple of them are still hanging around. They are a uncommon sight, and a great surprise for birdwatchers....

  • Gone Fishing

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Sep 6, 2018

    The water level at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge's Middle Pine Lake is low and is subsequently proving attractive to a pair of blue herons. The birds are perching in trees and wading into the shallow water stalking fish. Blue herons are one of over 200 species of animals that can be found at Turnbull....

  • A delightful display at Turnbull

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Feb 15, 2018

    In spite of the chilly temperatures last Saturday morning, Feb. 10, nearly a dozen visitors to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge were entertained and impressed by two pairs of Trumpeter Swans that demonstrated their flying skills for quite some time....

  • Festival life

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Dec 11, 2015

    Visitor's to the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge's annual Winterfest auto tour last Saturday were treated to a variety of wildlife including elk and swans near Cheever Pond....

  • Winter’s frosty morning coat

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Jan 31, 2013

    Cheney is shown covered in frost on the morning of Jan. 22 in these photos snapped by photographer Carlene Hardt from the ADM plant downtown. Hardt said the temperature at the time was 19 degrees....

  • Running to stomp out hunger

    Carlene Hardt|Updated Oct 21, 2012

    Cheney folks came out for some exercise Saturday, Oct. 13 to participate in the second annual Hunger Stomp 5k run. Participation fees and sponsorships went toward cash donations to local food programs Feed Cheney and the Cheney Food Back....

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