Scavenger Hunt – John A Latsch
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 - EASTERN BLUEBIRD
Male is blue with reddish chest and white belly. Female similar but less bold colors. Fly fast over prairies. Once nearly eliminated from MN, now rebounded as people built nest boxes.
Nice job finding a bluebird!
#3. Birds - NORTHERN CARDINAL
Male is vibrant red, female brown with reddish highlights. Both have distinct crest on head. They sing loudly their sweet songs all year.
Lovely–cardinals are fun to see!
#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 - 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.
#6. Mammal - OPOSSUM
Originally found just SE US, but have expanded into MN. About the size of a house cat with white face, pink nose and gray body. Spend most of the day in hollow logs or brush piles.
Amazing! They can be hard to find since they spend most of their day in hollow logs or in dens in the ground, in brush piles, or under buildings.
#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 - BLACK-EYED SUSAN
Blooms: Jun-Oct | Found in sunny fields, along roads or lakeshores. Cheery yellow petals swirl around a black center.
Nice job! Aren’t they pretty
#10. Wildflower - JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT
Blooms Apr-June l Grows in the shade of moist woods. This unique flower is tube-shaped with a hooded flower that's green with brown stripes. In late summer, a cluster of bright red berries appears.
Great job–These can be hidden in plain sight!
#11. Wildflower - PURPLE PRAIRIE CLOVER
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny fields and rocky areas. Plant is 1-3 feet tall. Attracts many pollinators.
Super job finding this clover!
#12. 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.
#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 - RED OAK
Leaf has 7-11 lobes that are notched about half-way to the center of the leaf and each lobe ends in pointed tips. Produces acorns that feed wildlife.
#15. Tree - SHAGBARK HICKORY
Unique shaggy bark with strips loosely attached. Found only in the southeastern corner of MN mostly along streams and hillsides. Five leaflets grow per stem.
#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 - BIRDWATCHER
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER