Scavenger Hunt – Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine
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 - 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"
Super! You found it!
#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. 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.
#4. Bird - MALLARD
Common ducks of MN. Male has green head, Female is splotchy brown.
#5. Mammal - FISHER
Member of weasel family with dark brown fur. A remarkable predator that hunts in trees.
What a rare find! That is extra special.
#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 - 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 - BLUE FLAG IRIS
Blooms May-Aug l Found in part shade to sun in wet meadows. Flowers are a typical iris shape, 3 to 4 inches across, blue to blue-violet, infrequently red-purple and rarely pale blue.
#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 - SELF-HEAL
Blooms Jun-Oct | This tiny flower grows in lawns and is considered a weed by some, but is beneficial for bees and butterflies. Bend down to inspect the delicate purple petals.
That is great attention to detail to find this oft-overlooked 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 - 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!
#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 PINE
Needles are 3-5" and bound into clusters of five needles that are wispy. (memory device: 5 needles for the 5 letters in WHITE). A favorite for bald eagles to nest.
Great! Did you count the needles in the bundle?
#17. Humans - ANGLER
Does it look like their catching anything?