Scavenger Hunt – Lake Maria
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 - AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
Common at feeders. Males are brilliant yellow while females are more dull.
Nice job finding a goldfinch! While fairly common, they are a treat anytime you see them.
#2. 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!
#3. 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.
#4. Birds - GREAT EGRET
Tall graceful bird that walks slowly in shallow water looking for small fish to spear. Once hunted to near extinction for their feathers, now fairly common. Males and females look alike.
Wonderful that you found the egret!
#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 - MUSKRAT
Not actually a rat, this creature is a close cousin to beavers, except muskrats' tails are a bit rat-like. Found throughout MN in ponds, marshes and streams.
Great job! Muskrats often carry aquatic vegetation as it swims.
#7. 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?
#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 - GHOST PIPES
Blooms Jun-Sep | Grows in shady forests, often under pine needles. Very unusal plant that looks ghostly. Connects underground to other plants to gain nutrients.
Great! You were clearly paying attention to the ground-level to see this one.
#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 - 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 - NEW ENGLAND ASTER
Blooms Aug-Oct | Grows in fields and wood edges. They are important late-blooming food source for bees and butterflies.
How great! Do you see bees enjoying the nectar?
#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 - EASTERN COTTONWOOD
This large tree produces fluffy, cotton-like seeds that blow around in wind. Its bark changes from light gray to dark gray and rough as it ages. Leaves are triangular shaped with edges that are toothed or wavy. Underside of leaf is covered with soft white hairs.
#15. 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.
#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 - ANGLER
Does it look like their catching anything?
#18. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER