Scavenger Hunt – Nerstrand Big Woods

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

The prize drawing is completed for 2021.

But, please feel free to enjoy the hunt.

BIRDS – Minnesota parks offer excellent birding opportunities.

#1. Bird - BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE

Woohoo! You found a chickadee!

#2. Bird - AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

Nice job finding a goldfinch! While fairly common, they are a treat anytime you see them.

#3. Bird - CEDAR WAXWING

Nice!

#4. Birds - SCARLET TANAGER

What a lucky find!

MAMMALS – Many mammals are hiding out there–can you find them?

#5. Mammal - GRAY SQUIRREL

Nice job! Did you know squirrels sometimes pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.

#6. Mammal - WHITETAIL DEER

Nice job! Isn’t it amazing how quiet they can be.

#7. Mammal - BAT

Spectacular job spotting a bat! You can thank it for eating up the insects nearby.

#8. Mammal - RED FOX

Amazing that you found such an elusive creature!

WILDFLOWERS — nature’s artwork, these flowers are important part of the ecosystem.

#9. Wildflower - COLUMBINE

Great! Look closely to see the fine details on this flower.

#10. Wildflower - COMMON MILKWEED

Wonderful! Now, look closely for the green and yellow caterpillars of the monarch.

#11. Wildflower - GOLDENROD

Yes! This is a very common flower that’s important for pollinators.

#12. Wildflower - WOOD ANEMONE

Great job! That plant took a long time to make that flower.

TREES – The lungs of our world

#13. Tree - BASSWOOD

Wonderful job finding this basswood!

#14. Tree - BITTERNUT HICKORY

Fantastic spotting!

#15. Tree - GREEN ASH

Nice job! Look for evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer, which leaves “S” shaped etchings in the bark. Let’s hope you don’t see any!

#16. Tree - SUGAR MAPLE

Wonderful, you found a sugar maple!

HUMANS – Yes, we are mammals, but we do very unique activities, don’t we?

#17. Humans - BIRDWATCHER

Wonder what they see?

#18. Humans - DOG WALKING

Woof!

#19. Humans - HIKER

Great, you saw a hiker!

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Results

Thank you for participating in Parks & Trails Council’s 2021 Scavenger Hunt! We will announce the winner of the weekly drawing on our website. If you are the winner, we will notify you by email and send the gift card to the address listed in the form.

Best of luck!

We hope you’ll stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram

Thank you for participating in Parks & Trails Council’s 2021 Scavenger Hunt! We will announce the winner of the weekly drawing on our website. If you are the winner, we will notify you by email and send the gift card to the address listed in the form.

Best of luck!

We hope you’ll stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram