I'm teaching a new course this semester at Sir Sandford Fleming College, the place I've been teaching part-time at now for 20 years. It's titled Tree and Shrub ID. It's a fitting course for me. I graduated as a Forest Technician back in the early 1980s and, well, you needed to know what trees you're about to cut down. So, I guess I know my trees; and I'm guessing that's why [former] Explore editor, James Little, sent me this picture of him climbing a tree - a very tall tree at that - near his home in Toronto. He asked me to identify the species for him, as well as the approximate height and age.
But that's just too easy.
Here's the deal. The first reader to write in a response, getting the species, and the approximate height, correct, will win a free Kevin Callan "Wilderness Pleasures" book and an Explore hat (and 3 bonus marks in the final exam if you're one of my students at the college).
...and the contest starts - NOW.