Check out these Via stories about birds, bird advocates, and avian events in the western United States.
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.
The Sandhill Cranes of Lodi, Calif. 
An estimated 7,000 cranes make this Central Valley wine region their seasonal home.
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.
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.