June 12, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255
Event celebrates Columbia River ecosystem
OLYMPIA -- The first annual Sturgeon Festival will take place in Vancouver this
Saturday. The family education event is being co-sponsored by the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) with the city's Water Resources Education
The festival features many hands-on events designed especially for children
such as fish printing, button making and a salmon life-cycle game. In addition, WDFW
employees will give short presentations which include:
- "The Sturgeon General Tells All" with John DeVore, fish biologist, in charge of
the agency's sturgeon program.
- "How Many Salmon," by Cindy Lefleur, fish biologist and harvest manager for
Columbia River salmon.
People attending the festival will also see a display of northwest rapters and
reptiles. In addition, there will be story telling, music and food.
- "What Good Are Floods," by David Price, habitat biologist.
WDFW biologist John DeVore said, "The event is a celebration of the Columbia
River ecosystem. This is an opportunity for people of every age to learn about the
unique role this river plays in our daily lives."
The Sturgeon Festival will be held at the City of Vancouver Water Resources
Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is no admission charge.