Our Top Instagram Photos of 2019

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 900 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.

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 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 assist us tremendously in showing off nature's beauty. We appreciate the help and we know all of 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-liked photos of 2019:

Northern water snake

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Great blue heron with a fresh catch

(Photo courtesy of Eileen Capodice)

Fog at Hickory Creek Preserve

(Photo courtesy of Michelle Wendling)

White great horned owl

(Photo courtesy of LJ Markelz)

Fox squirrel

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Radwan)

Great horned owls

(Photo courtesy of Debi Shapiro)

White great horned owl

(Photo courtesy of Mark Hanna)

Luna moth

(Photo by Kelli Parke)

Snapping turtle

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Blue jay

(Photo courtesy of Amy Miller)

Lead image courtesy of Michelle Wendling


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