Every spring the mature sturgeon living in Black Lake, in Michigan's Cheboygan County, leave the lake and enter the Black River to spawn. But, while they're in the Black River, they're vulnerable to poachers. I would think it would be tough to get away unnoticed with a 200 pound, 10 foot long sturgeon, but I'm sure it happens. Or, at least - it did - until the Sturgeon Guarding Program started 17 years ago.

As a volunteer "sturgeon guard", people watch out for poachers (with provided cell phones) and report on sturgeon activity in the Black River from April to June. According to Sturgeon For Tomorrow, this has "virtually eliminated poaching".

So, if you've got some time and feel like protecting some big ol' dinosaur fish, contact the Sturgeon Guarding Program.



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