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  • 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!


  • 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


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


  • Fire

    Fire Prevention

    Fire is a part of every environment, but the Monument's current fire regime is far from natural. Don't destroy the lands you came to see.

    Fire Prevention

  • Elk Viewing


    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

Cultural Resources


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


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  

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Of Special Interest

  • B Reactor Tour

    B Reactor Tour

    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
  • Barn Owl Boot Camp

    Barn OwletsMay 10, 2014

    Every year, the FWS gets phone calls about orphaned or injured wildlife. In turn, we call Blue Mountain Wildlife. BMW is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that aids orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey, providing the treatment and care necessary to return them to the wild. As you might guess, spring is a busy—and expensive—time for BMW. A fundraiser, Barn Owl Boot Camp, is being held at the Richland Community Center (Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Drive, Richland) to help BMW prepare for Baby Season, as it’s known. It’s a wonderful experience for the whole family.

    Barn Owl Boot Camp
Page Photo Credits — Kangaroo Rat - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Little Brown Myotis - Ann Froschauer/FWS, Sage Thrasher- Tim Lenz, Monarch Butterfly - Jane Abel, Fire - Gregory Jordan, Elk - Walmart, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele
Last Updated: Apr 08, 2014


  • 2014 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2014

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2014 Events Calendar (PDF)
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