People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish - AUDIOBOOK

By Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, Frederick P. Binkowski; Audio Production by Chris Bocast, for the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center

Hardcover: $34.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-568-2

4 hours and 25 minutes on 4 discs, CD format


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"People of the Sturgeon" is a history of the lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of stories on the culture, art, and science surrounding this mysterious fish. From some of the earliest inhabitants of Wisconsin, the Menominee Indian Tribe, to the spearers who flock to frozen Lake Winnebago for the annual sturgeon spearing season, people have always been drawn to this ancient fish. This is the only population of sturgeon in the world to have been nearly extirpated, then resurrected through a community-wide effort of people who are now joined together as "People of the Sturgeon."

This audio book version includes updates on Menominee-DNR relations; new information on sturgeon aging; wonderful music by Graminy; and definitive recordings of the mysterious sounds of sturgeon thunder.

Much of the history and details of sturgeon spearing in the Lake Winnebago region chronicled in this audio book was gathered through oral history interviews conducted by volunteers throughout the community. This work was part of the Winnebago Sturgeon History Project, coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with assistance from Sturgeon For Tomorrow and the University of Wisconsin Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. These interviews, along with donated artifacts and photographs, are archived at the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

This audio book is a companion to the book, "People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish."

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Note: This book meets and exceeds the requirements of the Wisconsin American Indian Education Act (Act 31).

Kathleen Schmitt Kline is an outreach coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, which supports research, education, and outreach dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources. She has a B.A. in biology and English from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and an M.S. in life sciences communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ronald M. Bruch is Natural Resources Region Team Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, based in Oshkosh. He has been lead sturgeon biologist for the Winnebago system since 1990. In his efforts to establish scienfically-based sturgeon management policies with maximum public input, Bruch has worked with numerous local, state, tribal, federal, and international agencies and organizations. He has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Frederick P. Binkowski is a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin Great Lakes WATER Institute and the aquaculture advisory services specialist with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. He has been raising and researching lake sturgeon since 1979. Binkowski's research has focused on early life stage development, nutrition, and behavior-he is one of the first scientists to monitor sturgeon movements using radio and sonic telemetry. He has an M.S. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

2012 National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner in the Audiobook Category

"During the recording of this audiobook, I found myself in trucks around and on top of Lake Winnebago (including one that later sank in the lake); Menominee powwows and sturgeon banquets; in basement workshops and lost on rural roads; and perched with my microphone on the edges of rivers and falls across central Wisconsin. It turned out to be a year-long project. It was well worth doing, as this work captures the literal voices and unique dialect of the people of the sturgeon. I encourage all listeners to seek out the print book to enjoy the striking visual elements that are, by necessity, not part of the audiobook experience." óChris Bocast, Producer