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.

The United States is home to over 560 National Wildlife Refuges, which provide critical habitat for a wide range of wildlife species, as well as opportunities for recreation and education. Here are some of the top National Wildlife Refuges in the US:

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: This vast wilderness area in northern Alaska is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including caribou, grizzly bears, and wolves. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the elusive and majestic polar bear.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: This coastal refuge on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is famous for its wild ponies and is a popular destination for birdwatching, hiking, and kayaking.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: This southwestern refuge is home to an impressive array of birds, including sandhill cranes, geese, and hundreds of species of songbirds.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: This vast coastal refuge along the Atlantic flyway provides critical habitat for a wide range of migratory birds and is a popular destination for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum: This urban refuge in the Philadelphia area is a popular destination for birdwatching, hiking, and fishing, and is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, foxes, and beavers.

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