Raptors, Reptiles, and Prehistoric Fish

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September 21
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Celebrate Columbia River ecosystems with breathtaking birds, remarkable reptiles and spectacular sturgeon, showcased at the 23rd annual Sturgeon Festival, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the Water Resources Education Center (4600 S.E. Columbia Way).

Sturgeon have been swimming our rivers for over 100 million years. Bring the family out to learn how this prehistoric fish has survived all these years and continues to thrive in both salt and freshwater today. Join Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists at noon for a dissection demonstration and get a close-up view of a sturgeon.

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.



The event will be filled with many family-friendly demonstrations, hands-on crafts and science activities. View live baby salmon and lamprey, both native fish to the Pacific Northwest. You will also be able to learn about recycling, trees, water safety and ways you can help protect the Columbia River ecosystem. Below is a list of interactive demonstrations and activities taking place throughout the day:

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Eartha the Ecological Clown – Face Painting

10:30 AM – Birds of Prey Show – The Falconer

12:00 PM – Fish Dissection – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

1:30 PM – Live Reptile Show – Steve’s Creature Feature

No need to leave for lunch, lunch and snack items will be available for purchase from Black Dog Hot Dogs. The City of Vancouver’s Water Wagon will be on-site to keep everyone hydrated throughout the event. In an effort to keep waste to a minimum, please bring your reusable water bottles to refill at the Water Wagon.

So mark the date and bring the family to what will be a fun-filled and educational day about the very ecosystem you live in. For more information, visit the City of Vancouver online.




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