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

May 24, 2001
Contact: Brad James, WDFW, (360) 906-6716
Bev Walker, City of Vancouver, (360) 696-8478

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June Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver fun, educational for families

OLYMPIA The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Vancouver will celebrate Columbia River ecosystems with the Fifth Annual Sturgeon Festival June 9.

The festival, a free and educational family event, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.

This year's event will feature a sturgeon dissection demonstration where the anatomy of the fish is explored and discussed by sturgeon scientists. The sturgeon, prevalent in the Columbia River, is a primitive fish that has not changed substantially since it emerged in the Jurassic period. Sturgeon typically live to be 30- to 80-years-old, though a few sturgeon in the Columbia River have been verified to be over 100.

Two popular Sturgeon Festival return attractions include a "Birds of Prey" exhibit, with displays of wild raptors, and "Creature Features," where exotic reptiles are shown up close. 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 a game called "What's On My Line," plus button and bookmark-making, interactive displays and an appearance by Eartha the Clown, who communicates earth-friendly messages. Food and beverage booths will be available so festival-goers may purchase refreshments during the event.