Scavenger Hunt – Lake Bronson
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 - BELTED KINGFISHER
Top-heavy bird that flies quickly over water where it spends most of its time. Makes a piercing rattle sound. Males and females similar.
Wonderful! These birds are so fun to see.
#2. 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!
#3. Bird - MALLARD
Common ducks of MN. Male has green head, Female is splotchy brown.
#4. Birds - MEADOWLARK
A proud bird often seen perched on posts singing loudly. Yellow underside with a bold black necklace. Males and females look alike.
Yippee! Aren’t these birds fun to see?
#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 - 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 - RIVER OTTER
A semi-aquatic animal that loves to play by bellyflopping in the water and sliding down hills near water.
How great to spot an otter! Did you know that after an absence of more than a century, their range is again extending into southern Minnesota.
#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 - 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.
#10. 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?
#11. 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.
#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 - AMERICAN ELM
This leaf feels slightly rough when rubbed. Leaf is oval-shaped with double-edged teeth.
Great job finding the elm!
#14. Tree - HACKBERRY
Leaf is skinny and pointed with jagged teeth. The tree has corky bark and berry-like fruit that birds love.
Lovely! You found a hackberry!
#15. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#16. Tree - WHITE OAK
White Oaks are mighty trees whose acorns feed many wildlife. Leaf has 5-9 finger-like lobes that can be notched deeply or shallow.
Fabulous! Do you see any acorns?
#17. Humans - ANGLER
Does it look like their catching anything?
#18. Humans - BIRDWATCHER