Scavenger Hunt – Hill Annex Mine
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 - BALD EAGLE
The head turns white by age 4-5. Male and female look alike. A conservation success story--nearing extinction by the 1970s, it rebounded after a ban on DDT pesticides.
Woohoo, you found a bald eagle!
#2. 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.
#3. Bird - DOWNY or HAIRY WOODPECKER
These two woodpeckers are nearly identical with the Downy a little smaller at ~6" and Hairy ~9". The female doesn't have the red mark on head.
Great job finding this one!
#4. Birds - RUFFED GROUSE
Chicken-like bird with long squared tail. Male and female look alike. Found in deep woods. In spring the males loudly drum their wings.
Wow! Good eye finding this secretive bird.
#5. Mammal - BLACK BEAR
Usually all black but some brown. Keep your distance. Tend to avoid humans, but are incredibly strong and fast.
So special to see a black bear. Stay safe and stay back.
#6. Mammal - CHIPMUNK
They are very active and inquisitive and find home in hollow logs, tree cavities, or underground dens where they store piles of food.
Oh, lucky! These are fun to spot.
#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 - 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.
#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 - 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?
#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 - PAPER BIRCH
Leaf is oval to triangular shaped with jagged teeth. Bark is used in making some canoes and other crafts.
#14. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#15. Tree - WHITE PINE
Needles are 3-5" and bound into clusters of five needles that are wispy. (memory device: 5 needles for the 5 letters in WHITE). A favorite for bald eagles to nest.
Great! Did you count the needles in the bundle?
#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
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER