Archives for January 2016

New exhibit including live Lake Sturgeon

Grand River, Grand Fish explores how the Great Lakes region’s largest and oldest fish, the Lake Sturgeon, once found in great abundance, is now a threatened species in our watersheds. The exhibit takes visitors through the connections to Native Americans, fishing history in the region and current science. Using artifacts from the GRPM Collections, along with the two live sturgeon, it will tie together the cultural, historical and scientific connections and explore rehabilitation efforts for this species in the Grand River and throughout the Great Lakes region.sturgeon

On Saturday, January 23, the GRPM will celebrate the opening of this exhibit in conjunction of the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference taking place at the Amway Grand Hotel. This event at the Museum and will include special book signing of “The Great Lake Sturgeon” by author Dr. Nancy Auer. Grand River, Grand Fish will be free with general admission to the Museum. 

Lake Sturgeon live along the rocky bottoms of our lakes and rivers, and are an important environmental indicator for the health of our ecosystem. These fish have fossil ancestors that from the Early Jurassic Period – the age of the dinosaurs. Lake Sturgeon have affected the region historically and culturally and still do today.

This exhibit was made possibly by partnership with:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division, Tribal Coordination Unit
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division, Oden State Fish Hatchery
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

And by sponsorship with:

Aqua Blue Aquarium Solutions
Blue Fish Aquarium
Grand Rapids Steelheaders Foundation,
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited