In honor of a major effort to re-establish powerful, ancient lake sturgeon in the Maumee River this fall, the Toledo History Museum and the Toledo Public Schools have launched a ‘Kiss the Fish Toledo’ campaign with a pop-up exhibit that will be visiting area fairs and festivals throughout the summer.
“We’ve partnered with the Art Department at Bowsher High School to build a 12’ long realistic sculpture of a lake sturgeon,” said Amy Danforth, Committee Chair with the Toledo History Museum. “Teachers and students created the sculpture while the Toledo History Museum researched the narrative of the sturgeon’s historic impact on our area,” Danforth added.
The sturgeon sculpture will be making appearances around the Toledo area this summer and fall. The public is invited to visit the pop-up exhibit and learn about the ancient fish, take a ‘kiss the fish’ selfie and post it on social media with the hashtag, #kissthefishtoledo.
Biologists from the Toledo Zoo and a combination of state and federal wildlife agencies are planning the first release of the iconic lake sturgeon into the Maumee River late this summer and fall, making Toledo the southernmost and newest point in the Great Lakes region for a long-term restocking program. The release is expected to be the first of many annually over the next few decades.
The pop-up exhibit is part of the Toledo History Museum’s outreach programming and is designed to help create awareness for the planned release and help connect the public to the historical significance of the lake sturgeon with Toledo area history.