It may be arid, but the Monument comes alive in the spring with wildflowers. Here are some of our most colorful.
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!
"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
The Monument is paradise for entomologists. Especially lepidopterans. You have to find out what that means.
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.
Hanford's Cultural Heritage
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
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
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Of Special Interest
The days are turning shorter and the nights colder. Fall is the time of year when wildlife is on the move, preparing for a difficult winter. While winters in the Columbia Basin aren’t that stressful to wildlife, nonetheless creatures here follow the natural instincts of their kind everywhere and are on the move preparing for winter. This is also the time of year when young are dispersing, leaving their birthplace to find territories of their own. Drivers need to slow down and keep a constant watch for wildlife. Haven’t you noticed more dead animals along the road lately? There’s always an upswing of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the fall. So, if getting home 23 seconds sooner is worth squashing a squirrel, mangling a marmot, bashing a beaver, or demolishing a deer, then by all means, keep driving like you’re on the NASCAR circuit. Apart from the permanent damage to wildlife, you’ll incur several hundred dollars worth of damage to your car. So, why don’t you just follow the traffic laws instead? Both your fellow drivers and our wildlife will thank you.
A tour of the B Reactor on Hanford provides telling glimpses into our history, testaments to what we can accomplish but also to a darker history. Now, you can explore that history from the comfort of your home. While nothing can supplant the feeling of standing in front of the face of the reactor—and we encourage you to sign up for one of the many tours run by the Department of Energy—if you can’t visit in person, you can ‘visit’ the B Reactor through a new web site, Ranger In Your Pocket. While really designed to supplement an actual tour—the Atomic Heritage Foundation the Ranger in Your Pocket program to play videos or audio on the smart phones they bring on tours—the site works just as well to provide you a tour from. The program displays like an app on phones or tablets, but it was designed as a website to avoid taking up memory on personal devices. So, if you can’t visit the B Reactor in person, this is a great alternative.Ranger In Your Pocket
Once a national wildlife refuge itself, Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge still exists, but as part of the much larger Hanford Reach National Monument.
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, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2015