By: Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, & Frederick P. Binkowski
Audio Production: Chris Bocast for the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center
People of the Sturgeon
is a history of the lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of stories on the culture, art, and science surrounding this mysterious fish. From some of the earliest inhabitants of Wisconsin, the Menominee Indian Tribe, to the spearers who flock to frozen Lake Winnebago for the annual sturgeon spearing season, people have always been drawn to this ancient fish. This is the only population of sturgeon in the world to have been nearly extirpated, then resurrected through a community-wide effort of people who are now joined together as People of the Sturgeon
This audiobook version includes updates on Menominee-DNR relations; new information on sturgeon aging; wonderful music by Graminy; and definitive recordings of the mysterious sounds of sturgeon thunder.
Kathleen Schmitt Kline
is a science writer at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, which supports research, education, and outreach dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation’s Great Lakes and ocean resources.
Ronald M. Bruch
is Natural Resources Region Team Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Resources, and the lead sturgeon biologist for the Lake Winnebago system.
Frederick P. Binkowski
is a senior scientist at the Wisconsin Great Lakes WATER Institute and the aquaculture advisory services specialist with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. He has been raising and researching lake sturgeon since 1979.
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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