Scavenger Hunt – George H. Crosby Manitou
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. Bird - COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
The male looks like the masked bandit of the bird world with its black mask on yellow body. Female doesn't have a mask. Cheerful song of "witchity-witchity-witchity-witchity"
#3. Birds - RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
Similar to its cousin, the white-breasted nuthatch, but with, you guessed it, a red chest. Both walk head-first down tree trunks and flit about the forest.
#4. Birds - RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Our smallest bird at only 3 inches, but this is a mighty bird whose wings flap an amazing 50-60 times/second, creating a humming sound. Only the male has the red throat. Migrate to Central and South America.
#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 - MOOSE
The largest member of the deer family, moose are about 6 feet tall and can weigh 1,000 pounds. Fun fact is that their hair is hollow, which traps air and helps with insulation.
Stupendous! Moose have rather poor eyesight, but acute senses of smell and hearing.
#7. Mammal - RED SQUIRREL
A cute little critter with a loud bark/chatter. The white ring around its eye only adds to the cuteness.
Fabulous! Was it making noises when you saw it?
#8. Mammal - SNOWSHOE HARE
Very similar to the common cottontail. Has larger feet and black edge around its ears. In winter they turn white.
You did it! Imagine what it looks like in winter when its fur turns white.
#9. Wildflower - BLUE FLAG IRIS
Blooms May-Aug l Found in part shade to sun in wet meadows. Flowers are a typical iris shape, 3 to 4 inches across, blue to blue-violet, infrequently red-purple and rarely pale blue.
#10. Wildflower - COLUMBINE
Blooms May-Jul | Grows on cliffs and forest edges. A dainty flower with an interesting shape. Hummingbirds drink nectar from this flower.
Great! Look closely to see the fine details on this flower.
#11. Wildflower - HAREBELL
Blooms June-Oct l Grows in the sun or part shade along rocky slopes or open woods. Flowers are about ¾ inch long, pale blue to violet to bright purple, bell shaped.
#12. Wildflower - SHOWY LADYSLIPPER
Blooms Jun-Jul l Grows in moist prairies. The inflated "slipper" is 1-2 inches long. The official state flower of Minnesota.
How exciting to find the state flower!
#13. Tree - BALSAM FIR
Needles are thick, flat, short and blunt-tipped. They swirl around the twig. Nicely aromatic.
Excellent job spotting this fir!
#14. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#15. Tree - WHITE CEDAR
Grows in northern Minnesota, usually in moist, stony places. Leaves are flat and scale-like and have aromatic scent.
Wonderful! Can you smell it?
#16. Tree - WHITE SPRUCE
Needles are sharply pointed and short. The tree bark is dark gray or grayish brown and scaly. Found in moist soils and swamps.
Great job! Can you smell the needles? Some people think they have a bit of an odor.
#17. Humans - BIRDWATCHER
#18. Humans - DOG WALKING
Someone walking their dog