Scavenger Hunt at Jay Cooke State Park
Welcome! You are tasked with finding up to 22 "items" from these categories:
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Minnesota Trail Riders Association.
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Appearance: Clusters of white, fan-shaped caps with fuzzy tops and gills under.
Found: On stumps, logs, and sticks of dead hardwood, especially oak.
Fun Fact: One of the most common mushrooms on the planet.
CAUTION: Never eat any mushroom unless knowledgeable.
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Appearance: Looks like a leaf of lettuce glued to a tree. It's pale yellow-green with wrinkly, wavy lobes.
Found: On the trunk of broad leafed trees such as maples, oaks, etc. and shrubs.
Fun Fact: Some people use it to dye wool.
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Appearance: Pale white-green-yellow with waxy surface. Inner area forms cup-like bodies with yellowish centers.
Found: Forms like a crust on rocks.
Next: Birds >
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Appearance: Bold blue and white with crest on its head.
Found: In the forest.
Listen for: Loud shrieks.
Fun Fact: They are considered one of the most intelligent birds and have tight family bonds.
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Male: All black with red/yellow patch on wings.
Female: Brown/white stripes/patches.
Found: Perching on reeds near water edge.
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Appearance: MN's smallest bird at only 3 inches. Only male has red throat.
Found: At forest edges, meadows and along streams.
Fun Fact: Their wings flap so fast it creates a humming sound.
< Mushrooms Reptiles >
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Color: Brown, olive green, or reddish.
Found: Near water or moist areas.
Toads are amphibians that start life as tadpoles then emerge onto dry land as tiny toadlets about the length of a fingernail.
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Color: Red-orange bottom shell (appears painted on) and black-olive upper shell. Yellow stripes on neck.
Found: On logs in lakes.
These rather adorable reptiles are docile and have no teeth.
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Size: 5-8 inches.
Color: Shiny black, brown, or green with stripes.
Found: Along stream banks or grasslands and rocky areas.
MN has 3 species of skink, that look similar
< Birds Flowers >
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Blooms: June - September
Found: In sunny wet fields or swamps along the shore.
Petals: Cluster of pink flowers on tall stalk.
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Blooms: May - July
Found: On cliffs and forest edges.
Petals: Red/pink with club-like petals.
Fun Fact: Hummingbirds drink nectar from this flower.
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Blooms: August - September
Found: In moist, sunny fields and wood edges.
Petals: Blueish purple and never open.
< Amphibians & Reptiles Mammals >
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They live in the northern part of the American tall-grass prairie, where they quietly hide. They're most active on sunny days. In recent decades populations throughout the midwest U. S. have declined dramatically.
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A cute little critter with a loud bark/chatter. The white ring around its eye only adds to the cuteness.
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One of the largest mammals in MN yet camouflaged and stealthy. Sleeps in different spot each night. Only males grow antlers.
< Flowers Trees >
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Needles: 4-6" long and bound into clusters of two with sharp tips.
Bark: Red and cracked into plates.
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Needles: Clusters of five wispy needles (memory device: 5 needles for the 5 letters in WHITE).
Bark: Smooth and green-gray when young; furrowed and gray-brown when older.
Fun Fact: A favorite for bald eagles to nest.
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Leaf: Rounded with saw-tooth edge. Leafstalk is flattened, which allow it to "quake" in the breeze.
Try: If you find a leaf try rolling it by its stem with your fingers to feel the way it moves.
Bark: Greenish-white and smooth upper with black splotches. Base is grayish and furrowed.
< Mammals Arthropods >
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Size & Shape: Small bug (~1/4") in variety of different colors.
Spittle: They surround themselves with bubbles as they eat leaves.
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Found: Lift up a large rock or log on the forest floor and you may see this bug scuttle away.
Fun Fact: They can roll up into a ball shape.
Key Role: They eat decaying plant material so it can be mixed into the soil and grew new life.
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Color: Yellow with black outline or black with yellow marks.
Shape: Large wings with a set of tails at the end.
Found: Among wildflowers and along rivers, creeks and fields.
Fun Fact: In addition to eating flower nectar they also eat dead animals, dung and urine.
< Trees Write-In >
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WHAT OTHER INTERESTING THINGS DID YOU FIND?
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Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota
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