Lake sturgeon, a fish species that has lived in its present form for some 100 million years, will be the topic of tomorrow evening’s program at Voyageurs National Park.
Often called a “living fossil,” the long-lived but slow to reproduce species was nearly wiped out in the United States and Southern Canada by the early 1900s. The fish was harvested as a food source itself and its eggs were prized for caviar. Today, on-going studies on Namakan Lake are assessing the health and well-being of the population. We posted information about the studies, HERE, previously.
A Voyageurs National Park biologist will describe current lake sturgeon research occurring throughout the Namakan Lake System, including the Namakan Reservoir and the Namakan River and its tributaries. Evening programs are offered every Friday night at 7:00 p.m. during the summer at the historic Woodenfrog State Forest Campground Refectory near Kabetogama Lake. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of Voyageurs National Park.
Speaking of Voyageurs … Duluth television station KQDS Channel 21 recently ran THIS video piece about Minnesota’s only National Park.