Scavenger Hunt – Lake Carlos
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 - CANADA GOOSE
The big, black-necked with a white chinstrap mark. Known to make honker sound. Males and female look alike.
Nice job finding the Canada Goose — did it honk at you?
#2. Bird - COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
The male looks like the masked bandit of the bird world with its black mask on yellow body. Female doesn't have a mask. Cheerful song of "witchity-witchity-witchity-witchity"
#3. 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!
#4. Birds - HOODED MERGANSER
Striking water bird. Females have a reddish crest that looks like hair on neck. Males have black and white crest that is sometimes raised, sometimes down.
#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 - COTTONTAIL
One of the most common small mammals in MN. Often seen running along trails within thick brush. They live within about the same 5 acres all year long.
Fabulous job spotting the cottontail. Did you notice its white tail?
#8. 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!
#9. Wildflower - BLAZING STAR
Blooms: Jul-Sep | Found in prairies, open woods, along roads. Feathery pink flowers with grasslike leaves grow in clumps in prairies.
Wonderful! Lovely flowers
#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 - 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?
#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 - BASSWOOD
Leaf is heart-shaped with jagged teeth. Bees love to make honey from basswood flowers.
Wonderful job finding this basswood!
#14. Tree - SUGAR MAPLE
Maple syrup is made from this tree by collecting sap in the spring. Leaf has 3 pointed lobes with 2 smaller points near the stem (symbol on Canada flag).
Wonderful, you found a sugar maple!
#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 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 - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!
#18. Humans - HORSEBACK RIDER