Volunteers guard Michigan’s spawning sturgeon

Current State logoVolunteers guard Michigan’s spawning sturgeon by Great Lakes Echo

Photo: Michigan State University.

Photo: Michigan State University.

From now through early June, some volunteers will be standing guard over the Black River in Northern Michigan. They’ll be on the banks of the river making sure that the lake sturgeon, a rare and threatened species in the state, are able to leave their homes in Black Lake and successfully spawn in the Black River. Why do the fish need guarding? Ann Feldhauser, who coordinates the program through the group, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, says the goal is to have a presence on the river 24/7 to prevent illegal taking of the fish.

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