Our most popular Instagram photos of 2022

One thing is clear: Everyone loves nature shots

If you like nature photos and you're not following us on Instagram, 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.

Seeing all these photos on a daily basis sure was a bright spot for us, and we hope it was for you as well.

The photos you see on our Instagram account come from a variety of sources, whether it's District staff, the public via our annual Preserve the Moment photo contest or members of 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 2022.

Cooper's hawk on a branch

Cooper's hawk

(Photo courtesy of Joe Viola)

Opossum in snow


(Photo courtesy of Darek Konopka)

Eagle stretching its wings

Bald eagle

(Photo courtesy of Mat Zook)

Cooper's hawk in a tree

Cooper's hawk

(Photo courtesy of Jen Radwan)

Coyote walking in a snowy field


(Photo courtesy of Mark Hanna)

Squirrel resting on a branch

Fox squirrel

(Photo courtesy of Jen Radwan)

Animal tracks in snow

Animal tracks

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Skunk cabbage popping up through snow

Skunk cabbage

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Opossum hissing at squirrel

Opossum vs. squirrel

(Photo courtesy of Joe Viola)

Bald eagle soaring in sky

Bald eagle

(Photo courtesy of Bertrand Leclercq)

Lead image courtesy of Bertrand Leclercq

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