National wildlife refuges are great laboratories in the pursuit of conservation. The Monument hosts a variety of approved research, survey and inventory projects, some conducted by the FWS, some by prestigious universities, some by the world-renowned Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and some by conservation organizations like The Nature Conservancy, as well as other organizations.

Current research subjects include burrowing owls, butterflies, migratory and resident songbirds, amphibians and reptiles, invasive species, microbiotic crust, migratory waterfowl, salmonid and riverine species, and shrub-steppe restoration.

Research and associated activities can often be intrusive and disturbing to sensitive resources, thus all research proposals for Monument lands are screened through the following questions prior to approval:

  1. Can the research project be conducted elsewhere?
  2. Will the research project yield results leading to increased understanding of the resources and improved management techniques?

Special stipulations are attached to all approved research permits to take every precaution to avoid unnecessary disturbance while conducting research activities. An annual report and copy of the final report is required for all research projects.

If you are interested in conducting research activities on the Monument, please submit a request to Larry Klimek, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA 99323, (509) 546-8300. You will need to include research details, duration, timing, anticipated disturbance, etc.