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  • Wildflower Galleries

    Wildflower Galleries

    It may be arid, but the Monument comes alive in the spring with wildflowers. Here are some of our most colorful.

    Wildflower Galleries

  • Little Brown Myotis

    Hanford Bats

    Legend. Myths. Folklore. Bats figure prominently in our primal fears, the things that scare us in the chill dark of the night. Are we silly!

    Bats

  • Sage Thrasher

    Rare Species

    "The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?'" – Aldo Leopold, Round River

    Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species

  • Monarch Butterfly

    Insects

    The Monument is paradise for entomologists. Especially lepidopterans. You have to find out what that means.

    Insects

  • Elk Viewing

    Elk

    What do visitors want to see? The White Bluffs, of course. Coyotes, deer and birds have their fans. But everyone wants to see the massive elk found here.

    Elk

Hanford's Cultural Heritage

Cultural Resources

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The history and cultural heritage of Hanford would fill several web sites. We've pulled together just a taste of what's to be discovered here.

Cultural Resources

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

Hanford Reach is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Of Special Interest

  • 2016 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

    PaintingMarch 15, 2016

    The deadline for submitting entries for the 2016 Jr. Duck Stamp contest is rapidly approaching. Are you a student in K-12? Do you have artistic talent? Care about wildlife? Looking for fame and fortune? Then you should at least take a look at entering the 2015 contest. And we would love to see winners selected from this area, painting the ducks found here. So, check this out.

    2016 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest
  • Winter Elk Viewing

    Winter Elk Viewing

    In winter, elk follow millennia of instinct and leave the Cascades for the lowlands of the Columbia Basin. Hundreds of elk can frequently be seen foraging along Highway 240 in the flats of the Rattlesnake Unit. While the movements of wildlife are never certain, watching the elk is popular, and the elk are seen frequently enough that the FWS has installed a pullout along Highway 240 to ensure public safety. If you go out there, take binoculars and spotting scopes. Remember: The Rattlesnake Unit is closed, so stay on your side of the fence. Besides, you don’t want to approach the elk out of respect for their winter energy needs and your own safety.

    Elk
Page Photo Credits — Kangaroo Rat - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Globe-mallow - Gordon Warrick, Little Brown Myotis - Ann Froschauer/FWS, Sage Thrasher- Tim Lenz, Monarch Butterfly - Jane Abel, Elk - Walmart, Elk In Snow - Cathy Haglund, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016
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