Our Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2021

One thing is clear: Everyone loves nature shots

If you like nature photos and you're not following us on Instagram, then you're really missing out. 

It was an incredible year on that social media platform, where we shared more than 1,000 photos and videos with a number of goals in mind:

  • To showcase the amazing flora and fauna within the preserves.
  • To educate the public.
  • To inspire others to venture out and try their hand at photography.

In a year that brought many challenges, seeing all these photos on a daily basis sure was a bright spot for us, and we hope it was for you as well.

While many of the wonderful shots you see in our Instagram feed on a daily basis are taken by District staff, a good share of them come from the public, whether it's via our annual Preserve the Moment photo contest or our Will County Wildlife Facebook Group.

Simply put, it's a wonderful team effort throughout the county.

To the members of the public who are regular contributors, we'd like to say thank you. Having extra eyes, ears and, of course, cameras out in the preserves assists us tremendously in showing off nature's beauty. We appreciate the help, and we know all our followers appreciate looking at the wide variety of top-notch photos filling our feed.

Here's a look back at some of the highlights featuring our most popular photos of 2021:


(Photo courtesy of Jen Radwan)

A very booty-ful tree burl

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Northern water snake

(Photo courtesy of Kathy Bobal)


(Photo courtesy of Bertrand Leclercq)


(Photo courtesy of Jen Radwan)

Great blue heron

(Photo courtesy of Sandra Rust)

Pileated woodpecker

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Caspian tern

(Photo courtesy of Michael Nagrocki)

Northern cardinals

(Photo courtesy of Mat Zook)


(Photo courtesy of Darek Konopka)

Lead image courtesy of Debi Shapiro


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