Will County Forest Preserve District Hosting Virtual Nature Contests To Share Views From Your Window During Shutdown

Bernie Tafoya
March 28, 2020 - 11:30 am

(Forest Preserve District of Will County)


JOLIET, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Will County Forest Preserve District has created some fun online diversions to keep people entertained as they stay at home because of the pandemic.

The District has begun a Backyard Nature Photo Contest and you can upload pictures to the district’s website for a chance to win one of three prizes: a $100, a $50 or a $25 gift card.

Spokeswoman Cindy Cain said photos can be of anything you see in nature from your window — anything except your own pets, she said. It could be a bird, a bunny, a budding flower or anything else.

"If you have a camera you can stare out the window and then maybe go out and record something," Cain said. "Spring is setting in and there should be a little more activity."  

Photo finalists will be shared on Facebook for people to vote on the top three pictures.

Meanwhile, the Forest Preserve District is also running its Tournament of Birds event on Facebook. It's no down to the semi-finals.

"Tournament of Birds is patterned after the March Madness but instead of college basketball teams," Cain said. "We pit one bird against the other every day. People can vote and then there’ll be different brackets and rounds and we’ve even seeded the birds."

Cain said the Forest Preserve District of Will County has, "gone more online because of the stay-at-home order but we’re trying to provide this diversion for people during this stressful time."

The next contest is open now and will close on Sunday. See below which birds are still in and then cast your vote before Sunday night.