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May 03, 2006
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Sturgeon Festival runs May 20-21 in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash.—The mighty sturgeon, a prehistoric icon of the Columbia River, will be honored at a free two-day celebration May 20 and 21.

The popular Sturgeon Festival, hosted by the Washington Department of Wildlife (WDFW) and the City of Vancouver, is celebrating its tenth year of educating the public on the issues of the Columbia River ecosystem. 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. Teens and adults can discuss environmental issues and career opportunities with staff from natural resource agencies and environmental organizations. They’ll also have an opportunity to learn about sturgeon and salmon anatomy, and find out what sort of aquatic life inhabits the backwaters of the Columbia River.

Environmental games and relays and interactive learning stations will also keep younger children entertained. Special events include Portland Audubon Society’s Rap with Raptors, Oregon Zoo’s Condor presentation, Mother Nature’s Garden, Reptile Man, and Eartha the Clown.