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"Return the Sturgeon" in the Milwaukee River & Lake Michigan

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Presented By Riveredge Nature Center, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
Goal Return a breeding population of previously extirpated Sturgeon
Task Rear sturgeon, release sturgeon
Where "Return the Sturgeon" in the Milwaukee River & Lake Michigan 4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville, 53080 WI 53080 United States

Riveredge Nature Center, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is working to return a breeding population of previously extirpated Lake Sturgeon to the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan Basin. The “Return the Sturgeon” Reintroduction Project is in its 12th year of the 25-year effort that aligns with the statewide Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. The main goal is to release at least 1,000 fingerling fish annually into the Milwaukee River system, which holds priority-status in the state. To date, the project has introduced nearly 14,000 fish into the Lake Michigan basin with a survival rate as high as 98%. Outreach and education efforts bolster the visibility and community engagement of the project which engages nearly 4,000 community members and a team of 25 dedicated volunteers annually.

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Project Timing The Return the Sturgeon project runs annually from mid-April through late September/early October, depending on the year's conditions.
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Average Time An hour or so
Type of Activity At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags acipenser fulvescens, education, festival, fish, great lakes, lake michigan, lake sturgeon, milwaukee river, native, rare species, reintroduction, restoration, sturgeon, volunteer, water, wildlife
Project Updated 01/30/2018