If you’re thinking of getting more serious about birds and want to find some like-feathered friends, you should think about attending an ornithological conference. The International Ornithological Conference (IOC), organized by the International Ornithologists’ Union, is a prestigious gathering of ornithologists from around the world which is rarely held in the Western Hemisphere. Thus August 19-26, 2018 represents a great opportunity for those in Canada and the U.S., in particular, to participate in the IOC, since it will be held then in Vancouver, British Columbia. If you’re intrigued, check out the website at http://www.iocongress2018.com/. For future reference, there are other regular ornithological conferences offered throughout the hemisphere, from the Ornithological Societies of North America (https://osnabirds.org/) to BirdsCaribbean (https://www.birdscaribbean.org/) and the Neotropical Ornithological Society (http://www.neotropicalornithology.org). Even if you are not involved with birds as a researcher, you can attend these conferences and learn a lot about birds!