• Watermark
    St Clair River, ON - Oana Birceanu

My name is Oana Birceanu, I’m a postdoctoral fellow at Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. I work on the Great Lakes, I specifically work on various fishes in Great Lakes tributaries and also from the Great Lakes. Lake trout, rainbow trout, white suckers, lake sturgeon are my favourite and I also work with sea lamprey.

My story is about a lake sturgeon. It’s actually a fairly recent one. In February 2018 I got a chance to go to a meeting about Lake Sturgeon on the St. Clair River. I was absolutely marked by how much love scientists were showing for that one particular fish. I never realized there was so much, I don’t what to call it, maybe a connection, to a fish that people had been developing and had been working for 20 some years to restore the population of these particular lake sturgeon in that particular river. To conduct a 20 year study and come back so many years later and realize that it’s working and the population is being rehabilitated and now they have a clean waterbody to thrive in, it was something really amazing to me.

I have not seen one in the wild, I do work with them pretty much every day so I get a chance to baby them, to raise them, take care of them believe it or not they’re a fish that likes to be pet, they’re very docile and it’s very hard not to fall in love with them.



Waterbody
St. Clair River, ON

Watersheds

Contributed By
Oana Birceanu

Collected By
Jessica Gordon

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