Scavenger Hunt – Red River
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 ROBIN
Larger than most songbirds. Males slightly darker in color than females. Pulls up earthworms from ground. Adapted to both wilderness and city living.
Nice job finding a Robin!
#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 - RED-TAILED HAWK
Comes in variety of colors from chocolate brown to mostly white. Tail reddish. Males and females look alike. Found perching high or circling above open fields.
#4. Birds - RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
Male is all black with prominent red patch on wings. Female is all brown. Often seen perching on reeds as they sway in the wind along water edges.
#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 - 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?
#7. 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.
#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 - 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.
#10. Wildflower - COMMON MILKWEED
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows along shores and wood edges. Pink or white flowers. Monarch butterflies rely on milkweek to lay their tiny eggs, then the caterpillar eat the leaves.
Wonderful! Now, look closely for the green and yellow caterpillars of the monarch.
#11. Wildflower - GOLDENROD
Blooms Jul-Sep l Grows in the sunny areas. Plant grows 1-6 feet tall. MN has 17 types of goldenrod that look similar with small yellow flowers.
Yes! This is a very common flower that’s important for pollinators.
#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 - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#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?
#19. Humans - BIRDWATCHER