Scavenger Hunt – Lake Bemidji
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 - GREAT BLUE HERON
Looking like a cousin to the prehistoric Pterodactyl, this common bird wades along shorelines. Males and females look alike.
Woohoo–you found it, nice job!
#4. Birds - PILEATED WOODPECKER
The largest woodpecker in Minnesota is about the same size as a crow. They are known for their crest, which is bright red and looks like they are wearing a cap.
#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 - 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.
#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 - LABRADOR TEA
Blooms May-Jun | This common bog plant has unique, curled leaves that have wooly brown hair underneath. The leaves are evergreen, meaning they remain on the plant year-round.
Amazing job finding this flower!
#10. Wildflower - PITCHER PLANT
Blooms May-Aug | This carniverous plant's leaves form a "pitcher" that collects rainwater and traps insects. Look for their "nodding" purple flowers rising above the bog floor. Once you find those, then you'll find the pitchers!
You must have visited the bog–great job!
#11. 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!
#12. Wildflower - SPOON-LEAF SUNDEW
Blooms Jul-Aug | This tiny carniverous plant (2"-8") uses sticky-tipped hairs to trap their insect prey. There are 4 types of sundew native to MN, and they love bogs!
How about that! Did you see any insects trapped in it?
#13. Tree - BLACK SPRUCE
This tree is common in bogs and marshes and can handle the acidic soil. It has very short needles, is often very skinny and scraggly, and grows slowly.
Super! You found a black spruce!
#14. 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!
#15. Tree - TAMARACK
This tree is commonly found in bogs. While this tree has needles, it is actually considered deciduous, which means its needles fall off in the winter and grow anew in spring.
Wonderful job finding a Tamarack!
#16. 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?
#17. Humans - BEACHCOMBER
Someone searching the beach. Remember to leave all rocks and pebbles in the park.
Nice! I wonder what they’ve found.