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Winter Scavenger Hunt

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Winter is a great time to get outside and see some of the art and beauty of nature. Here's a winter scavenger hunt to help you sharpen your observation skills. Watch for these items this winter as you hike, ski, and play outdoors. When you find one of these items, check it off by clicking on the box. See if you can complete the list before the end of winter. Then email EEK! and let us know what your best find was.

Good Luck!

Find an evergreen cone. Can you identify what kind of tree it came from?__________________________________________.

Find tracks in the snow and identify them. What kind are they?______________________________________.

Find a hole dug in the snow by an animal looking for food.

Look for a twig that's been browsed off by a deer.

Find a tree with a buck-rub.

Locate an animal path worn in the snow in the woods.

Find two different types of bird nests. Try to identify them. (Do not remove them though, it's illegal to take them from the wild.) 1._______________________ 2.________________________

Find brown leaves still hanging from an oak tree.

Watch an icicle form.

Follow rabbit tracks. Where do they live in the winter?

Find a tunnel in the snow made by a mole, mouse, or vole.

Find air bubbles trapped in the ice on a frozen lake or river.
(Be sure to check ice conditions before going out on any frozen lake or river.)

Find a fish under the ice.

Find a frozen waterfall (very small or large).

Stargaze and find Orion, a common winter constellation.

Spy a moonshadow on the snow on a full moon night.

Look for the Northern Lights on a clear winter night.

Look for snow fleas on the snow at the base of trees.

Watch a chickadee.

If you live in Northern Wisconsin, look for a snowshoe hare, if you live in southern Wisconsin, look for a cottontail rabbit.

Locate deer tracks.

Find a gall on goldenrod. (Look on the stem for this round bulb created by wasps, flies, beetles or moths.)

Listen for the booming sound of a frozen lake cracking. Or listen for a frozen tree cracking.

Find a squirrel's nest made of leaves.

Find a cocoon on a twig, tree, fence post, or on leaves under a tree.

E-mail EEK! and let us know what your best find was.



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