Ancient, bony fish family celebrated at 17th Sturgeon Fest

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Columbia Way — The 17th annual Sturgeon Festival brought 300 people to the Water Resources Education Center for a celebration of this prehistoric, bony fish -- whose numbers in the Columbia River are in decline. Chris Wagemann and Olaf Langness, biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, offered a close-up view of sturgeon anatomy by performing a fish dissection. Recycling, composting, trees, watershed health and water safety were also part of the day -- with Eartha the Ecological Clown and her assistant, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. This year's Sturgeon Festival was part of STEM Fest, a three-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.