Scavenger Hunt – Hayes 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 - CANADA GOOSE
The big, black-necked with a white chinstrap mark. Known to make honker sound. Males and female look alike.
Nice job finding the Canada Goose — did it honk at you?
#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. Bird - COMMON LOON
Water birds that are agile swimmers and divers. Typically stay close to shore and have an eerily beautiful call.
We all LOVE loons, don’t we? Hopefully you also got to hear it making its call.
#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 - FISHER
Member of weasel family with dark brown fur. A remarkable predator that hunts in trees.
What a rare find! That is extra special.
#6. Mammal - PORCUPINE
A slow-moving mid-sized mammal that has sharp quills. A single porcupine may have as many as 39,000 barbs and will eat most anything.
Fabulous job! Did you know porcupines will eat most anything, including canoe paddles, outhouses, and even automobile radiator hoses.
#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 - 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 - 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.
#10. Wildflower - JEWELWEED
Blooms Jul-Sep | Grows in thickets, usually along shorelines or wetlands. Green seed pods form in late summer--gently pinch them to see the seeds explode outward!
Nice job! Were you able to see the exploding pods?
#11. Wildflower - WILD BERGAMOT
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny fields, this flower has shaggy pink petals and is great for birds and butterflies.
Incredible job finding the bergamot, which also is called beebalm.
#12. Wildflower - YELLOW LADYSLIPPER
Blooms May-Jul | Grows in moist woods, bogs and swamps. Plant is 8-30 inches tall. Grows across the U.S.
#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 - JACK PINE
Needles are pretty short, about 1-2" long and grow in clusters of two. They have serotinous cones, meaning the cone needs fire (or extreme heat) in order to release the seeds to grow new trees.
Nice job finding the Jack Pine!
#15. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#16. Tree - RED PINE
Needles are 4-6" long and bound into clusters of two with sharp tips. Gets its name from its reddish bark.
Great job finding the red pine!
#17. Humans - BIRDWATCHER
#18. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!