Scavenger Hunt at McCarthy Beach State Park
Welcome! You are tasked with finding up to 22 "items" from these categories:
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.
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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: Red tips on a green stalk that are about 1 inch tall.
Found: On dead wood and often at the bases of trees.
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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Appearance: Back cap and chin.
Found: Year-round residents of MN forests and common visitor to bird-feeders.
Fun Fact: A friendly bird that has been known to eat seeds from human's hands.
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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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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,
< 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: 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: June - October
Found: Tiny flower mixed in with lawn grass.
Petals: Tiny, purple.
Fun Fact: It's beneficial for bees and butterflies.
< Amphibians & Reptiles Mammals >
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Long body with 13 stripes on back. Found scurrying along ground or darting into its underground home.
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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: Sharp and short.
Bark: Dark gray or grayish brown and scaly.
Found: In moist soils and swamps.
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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.
< 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?
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.
Your score is
Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota
275 4th St E, Suite 250
St. Paul MN 55101-1626
651-726-2457 or 800-944-0707