Saving Endangered Sturgeon with Technology and Tradition

Beacon Institute holds June 19 talk at CEIE

BIRE will present a talk on saving the endangered sacred sturgeon.

BIRE will present a talk on saving the endangered sacred sturgeon.

A giant fish leaps from the water as the full moon breaks the clouds on a dark stormy night … Stories of the sacred sturgeon, passed down by the people of the Mohawk Nation since the beginning of time, are powerful human motivators for saving a magnificent and endangered fish. Today, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is tasking technology to help gain an understanding of what ecological conditions prompt this leap from the water, a healthy sign that the fish is ready to spawn.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, in a talk presented byBeacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University, James Bonner, Ph.D., P.E., chief research officer for Beacon Institute and Henry Lickers, environmental science officer of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Environment Program, will discuss how tradition and technology are helping to save the endangered sturgeon in Sensors and the Sacred Sturgeon of the Mohawks of Akwesasne.

The talk, moderated by Frank Geer, avid fly-fisherman and pastor of St. Philip’s Church in Garrison, will take place at Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE), 199 Dennings Ave., at Denning’s Point in Beacon. The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested. Visit

Photo courtesy of BIRE


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