As the breeding season winds down in the north and migrants begin to move south, there are many great birding festivals around the U.S. to participate in. A great source to find a festival near you, or where you are vacationing (plan your vacation around one!), is through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website at: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/birding-festivals/. You will see exciting options coming up, including the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival in Arizona, Raptor Fest in western Colorado, Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration in Texas, and Whooping Crane Festival in Wisconsin. Such festivals offer opportunities to see birds on field trips led by experts, listen to speakers and take workshops to expand your knowledge about birds, and to enjoy bird-related arts and crafts.