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September 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Free Sturgeon Festival is Sept. 21 in Vancouver

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The free Sturgeon Festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

The festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by state Fish and Wildlife, and includes entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Special events include Creature Feature Reptile Zoo.

Teens and adults will have a chance to learn about recycling, watershed stewardship, and sturgeon anatomy, and also have a chance to discuss environmental issues and career opportunities with staff from natural resource agencies and environmental organizations.

According to state Fish and Wildlife, the sturgeon is a primitive fish that dates back to the Jurassic period. They are long-lived growing 5 to 6 feet in length at maturity. A few sturgeon in the Columbia River have been confirmed to be more than 100 years old and up to 12 to 15 feet in length.

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