Scavenger Hunt – Judge C. R. Magney
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 - BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
Friendly bird found throughout MN shows curiosity for humans as it flits around looking for seeds to eat. Male and female look alike.
Woohoo! You found a chickadee!
#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. Birds - NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER
Small bird that flits through upper levels of forest. Males have bolder colors than females.
Amazing! This is a unique bird to spot.
#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 - 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 - 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?
#7. 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.
#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 - FIREWEED
Blooms Jun - Aug | Grows in wood edges and along watershores. A spike of pink flowers. Famous for being one of the first flowers to appear after a wildfire.
Yippee, nice job finding the fireweed!
#11. Wildflower - STEMLESS LADYSLIPPER
Blooms May-Jul | This orchid looks like a less showy version of our state flower--the pink ladyslipper. It can be white, pale pink, or deep pink.
Yay! You found a great flower!
#12. Wildflower - THIMBLEBERRY
Blooms Jun-Jul | Grows in wood edges and along streams. Clusters of 2-9 flowers with white petals. Its red fruit is edible, but mushy and bland.
Reward time! If you see any berries you can eat them in the parks–just don’t collect the flower part, that needs to stay.
#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
#19. Humans - FLY FISHERS
Isn’t it mesmerizing watching them cast?