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Scavenger Hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park

Welcome! You are tasked with finding up to 22 "items" from these categories:

  • Mushrooms/Lichens
  • Birds
  • Amphibians/Reptiles
  • Wildflowers
  • Mammals
  • Trees
  • Arthropods

Whether you find just 1 or all 22, you can enter the weekly drawing for a $20 gift card to Minnesota State Parks by filling out the form at the end of the hunt. Winners are selected each week among all participating parks.

Happy scavenging!

Note: Icon below shows # of entries at this park for the year.
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CROWN-TIPPED CORAL MUSHROOM

Appearance: Many-branched, coral-like mushroom; yellowish tan with crownlike tips.
Found: On old logs on the forest floor in June–September.
CAUTION: Never eat any mushroom unless knowledgeable.

photo: Kate Stephany / P&TC photo contest
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LIPSTICK POWDERHORN LICHEN

Appearance: Red tips on a green stalk that are about 1 inch tall.
Found: On dead wood and often at the bases of trees.

photo: bjoerns/WikimediaCC
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ORANGE PEEL

Appearance: Bright orange, cup-shape opens to saucer-shape.
Found: On bare ground along trails.
CAUTION: Never eat any mushroom unless knowledgeable.

photos: The High Fin Sperm Whale/WikiMediaCC
Aiwok/WikimediaCC
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BLUE JAY

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.

photo: Jongsun Lee / WikiMedia CC
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DOWNY or HAIRY WOODPECKER

Appearance: 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.

Found: In the forest.

Photo: Andrew McKinlay/FlickrCC
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RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

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.

photo: Michael Janke/FlickrCC
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< Mushrooms       Reptiles >

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AMERICAN TOAD

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.

photo: National Park Service
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PAINTED TURTLE

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.

photo: Steven Katovich / Bugwood.org CC
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WOOD FROG

Color: A masked frog with grayish body.
Found: In forested areas under logs and rocks or in leaf piles. Breed in wetlands and lakes.
Listen for: Ducklike cackling: ca-ha-ha-ac, ca-ha-ha-ac, ca-ha-ha-ac,

photo: Ryan Hodnett / Wikimedia CC
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< Birds       Flowers >

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PITCHER PLANT

Blooms: May - August
Found: In bogs.
Petals: "Nodding" purple flowers rising on long stem.
Leaves: Form a "pitcher" that collects rainwater and traps insects for this carnivorous plant.

photos: ASWanderer / Wikimedia CC; Lisa Filter / P&TC
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SUNDEW

Blooms: July - August
Found: In bogs
Plant shape: Tiny carnivorous plant (2"-8") uses sticky-tipped hairs to trap their insect prey.

photos: Björn S. / Wikimedia Commons
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LABRADOR TEA

Blooms: May - June
Found: In bogs
Leaves: Curled, long and skinny with wooly brown hair underneath. Leaves can be steeped in hot water to make tea, but shouldn't be harvested from within the park.

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< Amphibians & Reptiles      Mammals >

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SNOWSHOE HARE

Very similar to the common cottontail. Has larger feet and black edge around its ears. In winter they turn white.

photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar/FlickrCC
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CHIPMUNK

They are very active and inquisitive and find a home in hollow logs, tree cavities, or underground dens where they store piles of food.

photo: AndiW / WikiMedia CC
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WHITETAIL DEER

One of the largest mammals in MN yet camouflaged and stealthy. Sleeps in different spot each night. Only males grow antlers.

photos: Justin Pruden / P&TC photo contest
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< Flowers       Trees >

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TAMARACK

Needles: Short, soft. Unlike most conifers, the needles fall off in autumn.
Bark: Rough with thin, reddish brown scales. Twigs are light brown and covered with numerous tiny spurs or short branches.

photo: MnDNR
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BLACK SPRUCE

Needles: Short, needle-like, bluish green, swirl
Bark: Grayish to reddish-brown, scaly.
Pinecone: Smallest of all the spruces.
Found: In bogs and marshes and can handle the acidic soil. It has very and grows slowly.

photos: MnDNR
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RED PINE

Needles: 4-6" long and bound into clusters of two with sharp tips.
Bark: Red and cracked into plates.

photo: MnDNR
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< Mammals      Arthropods >

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CICADA

Appearance: One of the largest insects in MN with lacy wings.
Molted Shells: As they grow they leave behind hollow shells attached to tree trunks.
Fun Fact: Their humming can be louder than a lawn mower and is mostly heard in the afternoon. They do not bite and are gentle bugs.

photo: piqsels.com & Ryan Hodnett/WikiMedia CC
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PILL BUG (Roly Poly)

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.

photo: Twosistersinthewild / Wikimedia CC
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MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Color: Bright orange with black veins.
Found: Flying around wildflowers.
Fun Fact:
They fly down to Mexico before winter begins.

photo: Peter Miller / Flickr CC
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< Trees      Write-In >

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WHAT OTHER INTERESTING THINGS DID YOU FIND?

Fill in the following information to be entered in our weekly drawing for a $20 gift card to Minnesota State Parks, which will be mailed to the winner.

You may also opt to receive this 4"x 4" window cling with dots showing each Minnesota State Park.

state of mn with dots for each state park

 

 

Please note: An adult must fill in the information for anyone age 12 and under.

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