Coquitlam Great Tree Hunt
In 2002, Coquitlam began a search to acknowledge the "great
trees" of the community.
Four posters of fabulous trees have been produced by the
Classroom 20 (2001-02) submitted this "Great Tree"
City of Coquitlam Great Tree Hunt
Common Name: Shore Pine (we originally thought it might be a Lodgepole
Reason for Nomination
Personal Story/Significance; Educational value; Distinctive Placement (for us!)
This tree is located right outside our classroom door, in front of the handicapped parking spot. Not only does it give us a beautiful piece of nature to look at through our classroom window, but it is an important part of our local nature studies. We keep a suet feeder hanging in the tree and every Monday the Weekly Ornithologist prepares a peanut-butter & birdseed cone to hang in the tree too. In our tree we have seen chickadees, juncos, downy woodpeckers, crows, starlings, bushtits, hummingbirds, and our own provincial bird, the Stellars Jay. We also have a bird feeder on our classroom window and a hummingbird feeder and both get lots of visitors because of this tree! We are participants in the Canada Bird Feeder Watch program and have sent in weekly reports online since school started in September (http://www.bsc-eoc.org/national/pfw.html). By learning to recognize birds near our own classroom, we were also able to participate in the SEEDS Canada BIT (Bird Identification Tally) in May. (http://greenschools.ca/may/mayover.html). Whats more, we have been excited to have a squirrel visit our tree as well. (As a matter of fact, we watched him steal a birdseed peanut-butter cone and drag it right across the parking lot to Nestor Park!) On hot days this tree gives us shade, on rainy days it provides a little shelter, and in the winter it protected the little snowman that we made! This year it is really full of new pollen cones! It is a very special tree to us and has helped us with our Grade 2 studies of native wildlife!