Scavenger Hunt at Lake Louise State Park
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Appearance: Looks like a cat's dropping attached to a twig.
Found: On cherry and plum trees.
Note: While this fungus isn't good for the tree, many live fine with it.
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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.
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Appearance: Semi-circle with brown top and pure white underside.
Found: On tree trunks of hardwood trees and some conifers.
CAUTION: Never eat any mushroom unless knowledgeable.
Next: Birds >
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Appearance: Long, black neck and a white chinstrap.
Found: Gathered in groups in lakes/ponds or open fields.
Listen for: Loud honking sounds.
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Appearance: Brilliant yellow with black wings and cap.
Found: In areas with thistle plants and usually in small flocks.
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Appearance: All white with yellow bill.
Found: Near edge of a lake or pond where they slowing walk looking for small fish to spear.
They were once hunted to near extinction for their feathers, now fairly common.
< 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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Color: Bright green with spots that look like a leopard.
Found: In wet meadows and fields near wetlands or lakeshores.
Listen for: Long, deep snore lasting several seconds and ending with "chuck-chuck-chuck"
< Birds Flowers >
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Blooms: July - September
Found: In thickets along shorelines or wetlands.
Petals: Orange or yellow horn-like shape.
Try: Gently pinch the base of petals and tiny seeds may explode outward!
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Blooms: July - August
Found: In moist soil, so look along shorelines or in wet swales.
Petals: Pompom-like cluster of pink.
Note: This is a species of special concern in MN.
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Blooms: June - August
Commonly Found: Along shores and wood edges.
Petal Color: Pink or white.
Fun Fact: Monarchs lay their eggs soley on milkweed.
< Amphibians & Reptiles Mammals >
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Not actually a rat, this creature is a close cousin to beavers, except muskrats' tails look similar to rat tails.
Found: In ponds, marshes and streams.
Lodges (Muskrat homes): Mounds made from mud and vegetation such as cattails and other plants woody materials.
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Found across Minnesota from woods to urban yards. Build leaf nests in summer.
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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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Leaf: 7-9 rounded lobes with deep and shallow notches. Tips large and wavy.
Fruit: Acorn with fringe around cup. These feed many wildlife.
Tree Form: Relatively short trunk with heavy, sprawling branches
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Leaf: Oval with double-edged teeth. Feel rough when rubbed.
Bark: Long trunk that's ashy gray with many furrows/ridges that get deeper with age.
Note: Dutch elm disease killed off many of these trees across the Eastern U.S. in the 1970s and today prevents many from reaching full age.
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Bark: Light gray on young trees and dark gray and rough on older trees.
Fruit: Fluffy, cottony catkins that disperse in wind in May - June.
< Mammals Arthropods >
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There are many types of caterpillars roaming around in Minnesota parks. They may be fuzzy, stripy, or plain, and each will transform into a moth or butterfly. The ones here are the Tussock Moth (top left), the Woolybear (bottom left), and the Monarch, which can be found on milkweed plants.
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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: Bright orange with black veins.
Found: Flying around wildflowers.
Fun Fact: They fly down to Mexico before winter begins.
< 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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St. Paul MN 55101-1626
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