Scavenger Hunt – Jay Cooke
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 - 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!
#3. Bird - CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
Small songbird with yellow cap and strip of reddish-brown on side. Female colors a little paler than males. Flit and hop through shrubs.
Amazing–how lucky you are to have spotted this bird!
#4. 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!
#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 - 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 - BOTTLE GENTIAN
Blooms Aug-Sep | Grows in moist, sunny fields and wood edges. Plant is 1-2 feet tall. Petals never open.
#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 - SWAMP MILKWEED
Blooms Jun-Sep l Grows in sun in wet fields or swamps along the shore. Consists of 2 to 3-inch convex flower clusters that make a 5-parted crown with a curved horn sticking out of each of the 5 cylindrical hoods in the crown.
Nice job! Have butterflies found it too?
#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 - BITTERNUT HICKORY
Leaf is composed of 7-11 narrow leaflets with pointed tips and fine-toothed edge. Has round nut that is too bitter to eat but used in smoking foods.
#14. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#15. 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!
#16. 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?
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER