Raptors, reptiles and prehistoric fish to be featured during Sturgeon Festival

Clark County Today –

Area residents will have the opportunity to celebrate Columbia River ecosystems with breathtaking birds, remarkable reptiles and spectacular sturgeon, showcased at the 23rd annual Sturgeon Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

Each year, this free family-friendly event attracts hundreds in a salute to our ecosystems and sturgeon, a family of fish that has been in existence more than 100 million years. Learn about sturgeon survival strategies for life in fresh and salt water. At noon, get a close-up view during a fish dissection performed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists.

The Falconer returns to the event for a live bird show, featuring a variety of raptors. Later in the day, enjoy a riveting live reptile show presented by Steve’s Creature Feature. During the event, Eartha the Ecological Clown will provide face painting and show off Major, her friendly cockatoo. There’s a lot in store for families, including hands-on crafts and science activities. See other live, native fish species including baby salmon and lamprey. Learn from our partners about recycling, trees, water safety, and the importance of and actions you can take to protect our Columbia River ecosystem.

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