Scavenger Hunt – Savanna Portage
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 - 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"
#3. 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!
#4. Birds - WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
Hops headfirst down tree trunks. Small gray bird with white belly. Males have black cap/neck, females have gray cap/neck.
Great! Hopefully you got to see it hopping down a tree!
#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 - 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!
#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 - 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?
#10. 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!
#11. Wildflower - PITCHER PLANT
Blooms May-Aug | This carniverous plant's leaves form a "pitcher" that collects rainwater and traps insects. Look for their "nodding" purple flowers rising above the bog floor. Once you find those, then you'll find the pitchers!
You must have visited the bog–great job!
#12. Wildflower - SPOON-LEAF SUNDEW
Blooms Jul-Aug | This tiny carniverous plant (2"-8") uses sticky-tipped hairs to trap their insect prey. There are 4 types of sundew native to MN, and they love bogs!
How about that! Did you see any insects trapped in it?
#13. Tree - PAPER BIRCH
Leaf is oval to triangular shaped with jagged teeth. Bark is used in making some canoes and other crafts.
#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 - ANGLER
Does it look like their catching anything?