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For the sixth year in a row, Riveredge Nature Center has put together an exciting program to celebrate the release of the Lake Sturgeon including a blessing of the sturgeon by a Forest County Potawatomi medicine man, Eggold says. DNR Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney will help release the sturgeon.

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The event begins with registration at 10 a.m. For more details, check out the Riveredge Nature Center website at http://riveredge.us. Click on the link for Sturgeon Fest 2011.

The Milwaukee River sturgeon stocking project is funded through a cooperative effort among agencies and public partners. Wisconsin DNR, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife provide the majority of the funding.
Lake sturgeon can grow to 200 pounds and live 100 years. Female sturgeon donít start spawning until they are 25 to 30 years old, and males start at about 15 years old.

Getting to adulthood will be a challenge for the sturgeon, Eggold said. DNR surveys of the river reveal good habitat for young fish, overwintering and spawning areas, but the lake sturgeon must first survive these initial months, and then subsequent years of eluding predators and finding sufficient food.

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