There’s a great program nearby my home called ‘Sunday Series’. It’s held weekly on Sunday afternoon where you can learn more about the neighborhood, nature and ways to get involved. http://www.district10comopark.org/itching_for_spring.html
I attended the meeting called “Citizen Science” where I learned about two online apps - ‘iNaturalist’ and ‘eBird’ where you can contribute information about animal and bird sightings that scientists will use globally.
iNaturalist records an encounter with an individual organism; when you saw it, where , and what you saw. I’ve found this to be an amazing tool- especially as an amateur bird watcher. I look daily now at the observations in my neighborhood and find myself quickly running outside to see if I too, can see the birds captured online.