By Cynthia Germain
The Department of Natural Resources Besadny station on the Kewaunee River will be hosting their annual open house on October 7th featuring fun activities and a demonstration of salmon spawning and egg collection for the next generation of fish. The event has been held for the last seventeen years on the first Saturday in October in line with the fall trout and salmon run. Fish printing, fly tying and casting and other activities begin at 9:00 a. along with an all day demonstration of how station staff spawn and process the fish. Mike Baumgartner, Facility Manager of the Besadny station and other staff and volunteers will collect and return adult trout and salmon, harvest and fertilize eggs and then distribute those eggs to other hatcheries. Baumgartner is excited about the event as it allows the community to learn more about this DNR station and its important role in the future of salmon in local waters.
Also during the event, as a part of a rehabilitation project to increase sturgeon population in Lake Michigan, participants will have an opportunity to adopt a sturgeon and release it. The station is responsible for a number of other activities including work with the steelhead trout in the spring and fall as well as rearing great lakes spotted muskies for stocking the Fox River and Green Bay area.