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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

  • Paleontology

    Mammoth Cartoon

    The Monument may be the only national wildlife refuge in the country that has an obligation to not only protect living wildlife, but also that long since dead.

    Paleontology
  • White Bluffs Bladderpod & Umtanum Desert Buckwheat

    Threatened Plants

    The Umtanum desert buckwheat and White Bluffs bladderpod were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on December 20, 2013. As part of the listing, 344 acres of protected critical habitat were designated in Benton County for the Umtanum desert buckwheat and 2,033 acres of critical habitat in Franklin County were designated for the White Bluffs bladderpod. Both plants were discovered during a 1995 botanical survey of the Hanford Reach and are not known to exist anywhere else in the world.

    Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species
  • Watching Wildlife

    Watching Wildlife

    Want to see more animals on your trip to the Hanford Reach National Monument? Here are some tips from the "experts."

    Watching Wildlife
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: Jun 24, 2015

Events

  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

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

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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