WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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May 09, 2002
Contact: Brad James, WDFW, (360) 906-6716
or Bev Walker, City of Vancouver, (360) 696-8478

Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon

VANCOUVER, Wash. An annual celebration of the Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will take place here May 18.

The sixth annual Sturgeon Festival, hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the City of Vancouver, is designed as a fun and educational family event. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

Experts on Columbia River sturgeon will be on hand to answer questions about the species, provide information on regional research activities and demonstrate sampling gear. A sturgeon will be dissected to explore the anatomy of the fish.

Two attractions returning to the festival include a Birds of Prey Exhibit displaying live raptors and a Creature Features Exhibit of exotic reptiles. Expert handlers for both live-animal shows will answer questions about their animals and the habitats where they normally reside.

Events designed to educate and entertain children include: Wheel of Sturgeon, an interactive game testing knowledge of Northwest sturgeon and What's On My Line?, an activity to teach kids about other fish species. Button and bookmark making also will be offered.