A good way to learn more about the nature of your region is to visit a local national wildlife refuge near your home.
I make it a point to regularly visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in southwestern Philadelphia to observe the changing wildlife throughout the seasons.
There are 561 National Wildlife Refuges spread throughout the United States, so you should have no trouble finding one near you.
I have made it a point to participate as often as I am able in many of these volunteer led birds walks and nature hikes. And my birding skills have improved so much over time due in part to the knowledge and passion of these volunteer experts.
From these wildlife refuge volunteers you will learn about which birds have just arrived, where they’ve come from, what they eat, and how to identify them.