Birding in the West: Via Articles

Check out these Via stories about birds, bird advocates, and avian events in the western United States.

close-up of bald eagle at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, image

When a bald eagle reaches adulthood, around the fifth year, the feathers on its head turn white.


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Best Bird-Watching Places in the West

Nine top spots in the National Wildlife Refuge system provide great viewing in autumn.

Flight of Passage: The Pacific Flyway

Head to the Northwest for nine places to view migratory birds in the fall.


Alaska’s Bald Eagle Festival

From October through February, as many as 3,500 bald eagles descend on the Chilkat River Valley near Haines, Alaska.


Mono Lake Bird Watching

In summer, you can spot shorebirds at a salty inland destination 20 minutes east of Yosemite National Park.

The Sandhill Cranes of Lodi, Calif.

An estimated 7,000 cranes make this Central Valley wine region their seasonal home.


Birdman of Idaho
Kent Clegg helps save trumpeter swans by relocating them from Harriman Park in Idaho to Bear River on the Utah border.

Duck Watching in Idaho

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, an 11,860-acre desert oasis near Nampa, welcomes 250 species of birds in autumn.

Idaho’s Hawks and Eagles

At the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, the prime time to see 24 species of raptors runs from early spring through June.


Montana Museum’s Bird Room

At the Beaverhead County Museum in Dillon, an exhibit spotlights some 150 bird pairs.

Montana’s Geese Spectacle

As many as 100,000 lesser snow geese—along with Ross’s geese, blue geese, and tundra swans—come to Freezeout Lake to fatten up before heading north.

Rocky Mountain Raptors

The Bridger Raptor Festival celebrates 17 species of migrating raptors that ride the thermals over the 9,000-foot Bridger Mountains each fall.


Bald Eagles in the Klamath Basin

Hundreds of bird species—from tundra swans and bald eagles to American wigeons—flock to the 174,279-acre Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex during the winter months.

Klamath Falls Weekend Getaway

With six national wildlife refuges that shelter more than 250 avian species, many of them migratory, Klamath sits in the center of one of the best birding spots in the West.

Photography courtesy of U.S. Fish and WildlifeService/Susan Rachlin

This article was first published in September 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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