Gillette Visitor Center hosts lake sturgeon program|
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced an
exciting 2003 speaker series at the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center in
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, highlighting contemporary Great Lakes issues
and scientific research.
The series begins Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., with a presentation by lake
sturgeon researcher Pat DeHaan, a graduate student at Michigan State
University who currently is conducting research on lake sturgeon
conservation genetics. DeHaan's research, under the supervision of Dr.
Kim Scribner, contributes to the knowledge and understanding of lake
sturgeon history and ecology, especially in terms of their mating system
and the effects of population fragmentation. The research is part of a
larger, collaborative project that includes the Michigan Department of
Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Upcoming programs in this series focus on current research to study the
history of sand dune development along Lake Michigan and what the
Michigan DNR is doing to identify and preserve our important coastal
There is no admission fee for the lake sturgeon program and
preregistration is not required, however, a state park motor vehicle
permit is required for entry. For more information, contact the Gillette
Sand Dune Visitor Center at 231-798-3573.