2016 Nature Scavenger Hunt

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How to join in the fun: Get into nature and add your observations with a photo (or audio!) using the iNaturalist.org website or iPhone/Android app and it’ll show up on this leaderboard if it meets the rules below. Find all 30 species and rejoice in your victory!

Nature newbie and/or dumbphone user? No worries! We will help identify any plants and animals you see, and you can upload photos through the website without need for a smartphone. Just snap a photo and upload it to iNaturalist.org and identify as best as you can, even if that’s just “plant” or “turtle.” Here is a helpful guide with photos and descriptions of all the species on the list (and potential sighting locations ;).

Help others get to research grade by confirming their observations!


  1. Species must be on the 2016 Nature Scavenger Hunt List (download PDF)
  2. Observation must be within the Chicago Wilderness region
  3. Must be observed between the dates of January 1st, 2016 and August 1st, 2016
  4. Observation must be research grade. That means it must be “wild” and that you need a photo or audio, date, species identification, location, and for someone else to confirm your observation!

2016 Nature Scavenger Hunt List

Group Common Name Scientific Name
Mammals American Beaver Castor canadensis
Mammals Raccoon Procyon lotor
Birds Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Reptiles Brown Snake Storeria dekayi
Reptiles Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina
Amphibians Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale
Amphibians Fowler’s Toad Anaxyrus fowleri
Amphibians Western Chorus Frog Pseudacris triseriata
Crustaceans Rusty Crayfish Orconectes rusticus
Insects American Bumble Bee Bombus pensylvanicus
Insects Common Green Darner Anax junius
Insects Eastern Tailed-Blue Cupido comyntas
Insects Large Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus fasciatus
Insects Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Plants Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
Plants Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis
Plants Chairmaker’s Rush Schoenoplectus pungens
Plants Chinkapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii
Plants Dutchman’s Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
Plants Eastern Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Plants Eastern Prickly Pear Opuntia humifusa
Plants Eastern Skunk Cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus
Plants Pennsylvania Sedge Carex pensylvanica
Plants Prairie Dock Silphium terebinthinaceum
Plants Shagbark Hickory Carya ovata
Plants Side-Oats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula
Plants Strawberry Fragaria virginiana
Plants Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
Plants Wild Lupine Lupinus perennis
Fungi Morel Morchella esculenta

Please let us (habitat2030@gmail.com) know if you have any questions, comments, or ideas!

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