Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 11:36 AM EDT
Contributed by: jkr
Photo: Lorri Fehr
Holding a juvenile white sturgeon is like holding a miniature, bony-plated prehistoric creature. That is not surprising since the sturgeon family has remained largely unchanged for more than 175 million years when dinosaurs roamed the earth. On Tuesday April 20, the public has a chance to hold and release one of these “ancients of the deep” and, in so doing, can lend a helping hand to an endangered species.
The juvenile sturgeon release will take place between noon and 2.00 p.m. at the Old Ferry Landing, located at the end of Kootenay River Road just outside Creston.
The event is being organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) with support from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (KTOI).
“The partners believe that public involvement in this conservation effort is key in increasing awareness about the sturgeon and promoting a better understanding what action is being taken to help them,” says Wynndel resident and FWCP public representative Gerry Thompson. “Added to which holding and releasing a juvenile sturgeon is a great experience – they are truly amazing creatures!”