‘Save The River’ Partners in Lake Sturgeon Recovery, Conservation Efforts

Published on: 2019/10/08 - in News

On October 4, Save The River – an environmental advocacy organization fighting for the ecological integrity of the St. Lawrence River – gave fifth grade classes at Lyme Central School District the opportunity to participate in recovery and conservation efforts for lake sturgeon, an endangered species in New York State.

The agency offered the event to students in partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, and National Geographic to provide the Lyme Central School District fifth grade classes an opportunity to participate in recovery and conservation efforts for lake sturgeon, a New York State threatened species.

Taking place along the banks of Chaumont Bay, the students were taught about lake sturgeon ecology and migration, what it means to be a threatened species, the geography of the region, actions by conservation groups studying the species, and discussed human and natural impacts to this sturgeon and its habitat.

Students released 100 lake sturgeon fingerlings into Lake Ontario and played a sturgeon migration simulation game modeled after Project WILD curriculum.

Caught in a Net – Students experience what it is like for a lake sturgeon to be caught in a net with the help of Fisheries biologist Doug Carlson.

This program is connected to the stocking of 8,600 fingerlings – coming from the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Constantia, New York and from the Genoa National Fish Hatchery and Great River Road Interpretive Center in Wisconsin – which occurred throughout August and September in the same area.

Sturgeon recovery efforts and stocking have been underway since 1993 and, as a result of continuing efforts, sturgeon are now reproducing on their own in some locations.

More information about the NYSDEC’s sturgeon recovery efforts

For more details about Save the River’s K-12 education programs including classroom presentations, field trips, and stewardship project opportunities for school districts throughout the St. Lawrence River watershed in NYS, and Ontario, CA, visit savetheriver.org, or email info@savetheriver.org.


For over 40 years Save The River has been the leading grassroots environmental advocacy organization fighting for the ecological integrity of the St. Lawrence River. Save The River takes an active role in River policy issues by engaging decision-makers, community leaders, residents, visitors, and volunteers to make positive change. Every year Save The River works with educators in school districts in the watershed to educate 1,000+ students in a place-based curriculum that stresses age-appropriate aspects of stewardship.


Photo – lake sturgeon: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region
Photo – ‘caught in a net’: Save the River