If you're looking for a bright spot on social media this week, give us a follow on Instagram where we'll be mixing it up and turning over the keys to intepretive naturalist Suzy Lyttle for a special Instagram takeover.
Lyttle, who works at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township, leads photography hikes for the District and is a regular contributor on our various social media channels. She also has her own Instagram account to share finds while out on the trails.
With the preserves bursting with colorful wildflowers and wildlife activity, it's a great time to give Lyttle a chance to share all of that beauty directly with our followers.
"I love sharing my photos," she said. "I tell my photographers at our nature hikes to think about how many photos are stuck in the memory card. Get those photos out into the world. Looking at a photo can spark inspiration or wonder. This is a chance to get people inspired to get outside and go to a new preserve or learn something new."
With more than 150,000 followers across all of our social media accounts, the District often uses those accounts to help guide people to hotspots, such as where the Virginia bluebells can be found, the best spots for snake spotting, or simply keeping track of bird migrations.
Lyttle agrees that social media is a powerful tool for nature lovers.
"I use Instagram to see what other people are seeing," she said. "I follow local people in the area and can see where they have explored or what flowers they saw blooming. You can’t be everywhere at once. Instagram gives me a view of many preserves, state parks, backyards etc.
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"I also love a chance to educate people about something new. Many times I get comments, 'Thanks for the ID, I have seen these everywhere!' I like to share fun facts with the photos to help people connect. Once you know more about a critter or a plant you can’t help but want to know more or, at the very least, appreciate it in a new way."
This week, Lyttle's goal is to give a glimpse of all of the natural beauty that's around us, waiting to be discovered.
"Sometimes we are moving so fast in our day to day we forget to just take a moment to stop and appreciate what is all around us," Lyttle said. "Our ecosystem is diverse and full of life especially now in the springtime. Migrating birds are coming back, reptiles are sunning, frogs are calling, flowers are blooming, and it’s all located right in our neighborhood preserves."
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