Scavenger Hunt – Mille Lacs Kathio
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 - CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
Small songbird with yellow cap and strip of reddish-brown on side. Female colors a little paler than males. Flit and hop through shrubs.
Amazing–how lucky you are to have spotted this bird!
#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. 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!
#5. 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?
#6. Mammal - GRAY SQUIRREL
Found across Minnesota from woods to urban yards. Build leaf nests in summer.
Nice job! Did you know squirrels sometimes pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.
#7. Mammal - MINK
Blackish to light-brown with white chin. Long tube-like body with short legs and bushy tail. Lives near water and is a great swimmer.
Good eye! Such a fun find.
#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 - 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 - 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!
#12. Wildflower - STEMLESS LADYSLIPPER
Blooms May-Jul | This orchid looks like a less showy version of our state flower--the pink ladyslipper. It can be white, pale pink, or deep pink.
Yay! You found a great flower!
#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 - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#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 - BIRDWATCHER
#18. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!