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May 11, 2005
Contact: Brad James, WDFW, (360) 906-6716 or Bev Walker, City of Vancouver, (360) 696-8478

Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon

VANCOUVER, Wash.—The Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will be honored here with a free, two-day celebration May 21 and 22.

The ninth-annual Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the City of Vancouver. The festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. both days at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

The event includes entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Environmental games and relays, interactive learning station, the Creature Features Exhibit of exotic reptiles, Eartha the Ecological Clown, and the Mother Nature’s Garden puppet show will keep children entertained.

Teens and adults can discuss environmental issues and career opportunities with staff from natural resource agencies and environmental organizations, watch salmon and sturgeon dissections and find out what sort of aquatic life inhabits the backwaters of the Columbia River.

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