GMU Nature Scavenger Hunt

Plants:

  • White oak
  • Tulip poplar
  • Sycamore
  • American Holly
  • Southern Red Oak
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Red Maple
  • Dandelion
  • Red Deadnettle
  • Catttails

Birds

  • Northern cardinal
  • House sparrow
  • Common Grackle
  • Mourning dove
  • Fish crow
  • American crow
  • American robin
  • European starling
  • Canada goose
  • Green heron
  • Purple martin
  • Red-winged blackbird
  • Turkey vulture
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Northern mockingbird

Questions:

  1. Name three plant and three animal species we saw. Were you surprised by the number of different species we saw? Why or why not?
  2. Name an invasive species we saw. What kinds of environmental problems are associated with this species?
  3. What does “anthropogenic change” mean? Name one positive anthropogenic effect on a bird or plant species we saw and one negative.
  4. Did we see any species not on the above list? Name any surprises we came across you can remember.
  5. What are field marks? Give an example of a field mark we used to identify a species today.
  6. What was your favorite species we saw? Why?
  7. Share something else you learned today that I did not ask about 🙂