Take your best shot at picking this year’s top bird in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s version of March Madness: the 2021 Tournament of Birds. Vote daily as birds seeded in their color-coded brackets vie for top honors.
Sixteen birds are competing in the tournament, which is underway now on the District’s Facebook page, facebook.com/WillCoForests. Vote for your favorite bird in each matchup by leaving a comment with your bird of choice on each posted matchup. Each matchup will be posted at 10 a.m., and votes through 9:59 a.m. the next day will be counted. The bracket will be updated after each round.
Some birds are mainstays in your yard. Others are a real treat to see. And in the case of the western tanager, it’s a bird that got lost along the way and caused quite a stir during a pit stop in Channahon last year. The bird field is divided into four color-based regionals:
- Red regional: cardinal, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak and red-headed woodpecker.
- White regional: great egret, snowy owl, American white pelican and ring-billed gull.
- Blue regional: blue jay, indigo bunting, eastern bluebird and great blue heron.
- Yellow regional: American goldfinch, palm warbler, cedar waxwing and western tanager.
For more information on the Forest Preserve District of Will County, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.