Millions of Americans enjoy watching birds in their backyards, but they may also make birdwatching a fun component of a vacation. Although many birders target the spring and fall to witness the spectacle of migration, the summer presents great opportunities for seeing the birds that breed in an area. Wherever you plan to go, check to see if there are good birding sites nearby. Many national and state parks, national forests, and other protected areas have been designated as Important Bird Areas. Often public sites have a bird checklist available online, to help you know what species to expect. It’s good to remember that birding involves a lot of chance, but you won’t be disappointed if you go with an attitude that whatever you see will be exciting.