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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 Center.

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.
  • "What Good Are Floods," by David Price, habitat biologist.
People attending the festival will also see a display of northwest rapters and reptiles. In addition, there will be story telling, music and food.

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.