Scavenger Hunt – Split Rock Lighthouse
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 - CEDAR WAXWING
Sleek looking bird with crest and black mask. Very social with flocks moving about together as they look for berries and insects to eat.
#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. Birds - RING-BILLED GULL
A familiar gull also found in large parking lots. White with gray wings, yellow bill with black ring. Males and females look alike.
#5. Mammal - CHIPMUNK
They are very active and inquisitive and find home in hollow logs, tree cavities, or underground dens where they store piles of food.
Oh, lucky! These are fun to spot.
#6. 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.
#7. Mammal - PORCUPINE
A slow-moving mid-sized mammal that has sharp quills. A single porcupine may have as many as 39,000 barbs and will eat most anything.
Fabulous job! Did you know porcupines will eat most anything, including canoe paddles, outhouses, and even automobile radiator hoses.
#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 - BLACK-EYED SUSAN
Blooms: Jun-Oct | Found in sunny fields, along roads or lakeshores. Cheery yellow petals swirl around a black center.
Nice job! Aren’t they pretty
#10. Wildflower - BLUE VERVAIN
Blooms Jun-Sep | Grows in sunny, wet ditches and shores. Plant is 1-3 feet tall. Flowers are on spikes 2-5 inches tall. They attract bumblebees and other important pollinators.
Wonderful! Look for bees and butterflies enjoying this plant.
#11. 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.
#12. Wildflower - JOE-PYE WEED
Blooms Jul-Sep | Grows in sunny spots along shores. Pink to purple flowers. An important nectar source for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Super job finding the Joe-Pye Weed!
#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 - GREEN ASH
Between 7-9 leaflets are attached to each stem. An invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer is spreading across the state and killing off many ash trees.
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!
#15. Tree - PAPER BIRCH
Leaf is oval to triangular shaped with jagged teeth. Bark is used in making some canoes and other crafts.
#16. Tree - WHITE SPRUCE
Needles are sharply pointed and short. The tree bark is dark gray or grayish brown and scaly. Found in moist soils and swamps.
Great job! Can you smell the needles? Some people think they have a bit of an odor.
#18. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER