Scavenger Hunt – Big Stone Lake
Thank you for participating in Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s All-Ages Scavenger Hunt!
You are tasked with finding as many of the specific “items” listed below as you can, which are grouped into these categories:
◎ Birds ◎ Mammals ◎ Wildflowers ◎ Trees ◎ Humans
RULES AND PRIZE DRAWINGS
Submit this form to be entered in our weekly drawing for a $20 gift card to Minnesota State Parks.
Anyone from age 1-100+ may participate, but for participants age 12 and under, a parent/guardian will need to submit the form.
Entrants are limited to one hunt per park or trail during the event season. But feel free to do them all!
POINTS = ENTRIES IN WEEKLY DRAWING
- 20 pts – For submitting this form
- 1 pt (19 max) – For each “item” you find
- 20 pts – For sharing an Instagram photo of your adventure
- 5 pts (10 max) – For each child age 12 and under who participates with you
“The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.”
Good luck and happy hunting!
#1. Bird - BLUE JAY
Unmistakable bold blue and white feathers with crest on its head. Male and female look alike. Often heard making loud shrieks.
Woohoo! You found a blue jay!
#2. Birds - KILLDEER
These birds fly close to the ground and make shrill, wailing call that sounds like "kill-jer". Commonly found on dry, gravel fields. They sometimes pretend to have a broken wing to lure invaders away from its nest.
#3. Birds - MEADOWLARK
A proud bird often seen perched on posts singing loudly. Yellow underside with a bold black necklace. Males and females look alike.
Yippee! Aren’t these birds fun to see?
#4. Birds - WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
Hops headfirst down tree trunks. Small gray bird with white belly. Males have black cap/neck, females have gray cap/neck.
Great! Hopefully you got to see it hopping down a tree!
#5. Mammal - BEAVER
Spends most of its time in water near its lodge, which they build from sticks and mud and enter from underwater.
Woohoo, you found a creature that plays an important role in Minnesota’s wetland ecosystem.
#6. Mammal - GRAY SQUIRREL
Found across Minnesota from woods to urban yards. Build leaf nests in summer.
Nice job! Did you know squirrels sometimes pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.
#7. Mammal - RED FOX
Usually red-orange in color, some yellow or black. Tend to hide from humans, so only the lucky will spot one.
Amazing that you found such an elusive creature!
#8. Mammal - WHITETAIL DEER
One of the largest mammals in MN yet camoflagued and stealthy. Sleeps in different spot each night. Only males grow antlers.
Nice job! Isn’t it amazing how quiet they can be.
#9. Wildflower - COMMON MILKWEED
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows along shores and wood edges. Pink or white flowers. Monarch butterflies rely on milkweek to lay their tiny eggs, then the caterpillar eat the leaves.
Wonderful! Now, look closely for the green and yellow caterpillars of the monarch.
#10. Wildflower - GOLDENROD
Blooms Jul-Sep l Grows in the sunny areas. Plant grows 1-6 feet tall. MN has 17 types of goldenrod that look similar with small yellow flowers.
Yes! This is a very common flower that’s important for pollinators.
#11. Wildflower - LEAD PLANT
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny, sandy fields. Plant is 1-3 feet tall. Technically a shrub with woody stems to last through winter.
Wonderful! Aren’t those leaves interesting
#12. Wildflower - PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Blooms Jun-Oct | Grows in sunny fields. A tall flower with 15-20 pinkish-purple petals swirling around a reddish-brown center.
Spectacular job finding this pretty flower!
#13. Tree - BUR OAK
Leaf has 7-9 rounded lobes that can be notched deeply or shallow. The leaf tip is large and wavy. Produces acorns that feed many wildlife.
Fantastic job finding the bur oak!
#14. Tree - EASTERN COTTONWOOD
This large tree produces fluffy, cotton-like seeds that blow around in wind. Its bark changes from light gray to dark gray and rough as it ages. Leaves are triangular shaped with edges that are toothed or wavy. Underside of leaf is covered with soft white hairs.
#15. Tree - GREEN ASH
Between 7-9 leaflets are attached to each stem. An invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer is spreading across the state and killing off many ash trees.
Nice job! Look for evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer, which leaves “S” shaped etchings in the bark. Let’s hope you don’t see any!
#16. Tree - SILVER MAPLE
The tree grows in floodplains and can withstand seasonal floods. Leaf is same shape as all maples (think Canada flag) but very jagged with deep notches.
Super, you found a silver maple!
#17. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!