Our Top Instagram Photos of 2018

One thing is clear: Everyone loves wildlife 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 approximately 600 photos and videos with a number of goals in mind:

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

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

Simply put, it's a total 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 help us tremendously in showing off nature's beauty.

Here's a look back at some of the highlights featuring our most-liked photos of 2018:

Cooper's Hawk

(Photo courtesy of Kathy Bobal)

Cardinal

(Photo courtesy of John D'Agostino)

Nuthatch

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Black squirrel

(Photo courtesy of Mark Hanna)

Red fox

(Photo courtesy of Jay Chapman)

Opossum

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Coyote (and a squirrel)

(Photo courtesy of Mark Hanna)

Deer, watching coyotes in the distance

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Red-tailed hawk

(Photo courtesy of Kathy Bobal)

Mink

(Photo courtesy of Michael Daley)

Lead image courtesy of Steven Svalina

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