2015 PNW Nature Blog Scavenger Hunt

UPDATE:: You now have until Sunday, March 22nd to submit your answers!

Welcome to the 2015 Pacific Northwest nature blog Scavenger Hunt! You’re invited to participate and win some wonderful prizes (shown below). I’m very pleased to present a wonderful collection of nature bloggers and some fantastic prizes. In the process we hope you find some new blogs to follow, learn a lot about the wonderful and fascinating Pacific Northwest and finally, have a lot of fun!

The Rules
  • Find the answers to the questions listed below in the links to the blogs. (We don’t want to make it easy on you, so the order of questions and links are random.)
  • There is one question and answer per blog post.
  • Submit the answers to the questions along with the name of the blog where you found it.
  • Use this contact form to enter your submission (answers with corresponding blog name) and your email address (this is how we’ll contact prize winners).
  • The contest ends Sunday, March 22nd, submissions must be received by 11:59 pm.
  • The winners will be determined by the most correct answers, and then by date and time submitted.
  • The winners get their choice of prize; first prize gets first choice, second gets second choice and so on.
The Questions
  • What fleeting flowers are “here one moment and gone the next”?
  • What is in an owl pellet?
  • Why does Scaphinotus angusticollis have such a long face?
  • What common pond critter has transparent skin, through which its organs and eggs can be seen?
  • What plant blooms in the deepest shade and which grows in the sunniest spots?
  • Butterflies require two types of plants to survive, name one of them.
  • How are “clay babies” formed?
  • What treasure is scheduled to be hidden next to the ponds at the Union Bay Natural Area?
  • How many species of birds have been documented playing?
  • What “looks like it was run through a paper shredder”?
  • Find and identify the songbird photo-bombing a duck in our post.
  • What do Crows and Humans have in common?
  • What was “a sign that the book-keeping could wait”?
  • What three factors does bog formation require?
  • Do barnacles molt their moveable plates?
  • Where can you find information about hiking or mountain biking trails in the Methw Valley?
  • What is the name of the salmon-used creek that flows next the nature play area at Westmoreland Park in Portland, OR?
The Blogs
The Prizes

These prizes were generously donated. Timber Press kindly donated the PNW  nature books, Dave Wenning of Fidalgo Island Crossings contributed the Discover Pass, Kaeli Swift from Corvid Research and John Marzluff donated the signed copy of Suburdia, and two participants donated their beautiful hand-made items; Washington State art by Rachel Lynch and a raven pendant by June Hunter. David Williams of the Street Smart Naturalist is offering $35 off the Environmental Writering Workshop at the Burke Museum on April 11th. Please join me in thanking everyone for donating these wonderful prizes!

June Hunter Raven Pendant

Raven Pendant by June Hunter

Washington Discover Pass

Washington Discover Pass

Subirdia

A copy of Subirdia by John Marzluff personalized to the winner.

Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest

Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest

The Northwest Nature Guide

The Northwest Nature Guide

Wolves in the Land of Salmon

Wolves in the Land of Salmon

Washington State art by Rachel Lynch

Washington State art by Rachel Lynch

$30 Environmental Writers Workshop Discount

Environmental Writers Workshop $35 Discount

I want to thank Patricia Lichen for hosting the first bloggers scavenger hunt and inspiring this one!

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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