This year’s Climate Literacy project is called Dinosaurs of the Great Lakes and focuses on freshwater ecosystems and the lake sturgeon. A survivor from the dinosaur age, the lake sturgeon is covered by bone-like plates. It can grow to 7 feet long, weigh up to 200 pounds and live for almost 100 years. Lake sturgeon have been adversely affected by overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation. The lake sturgeon is listed on Michigan’s threatened species list.
This project engages students to recognize and understand how our choices can impact our environment. Teachers will receive a Dinosaurs of the Great Lakes curriculum resource kit with lessons plans, visual aids, posters and more. Elementary and middle school students will utilize recycled, reused, and/or repurposed materials to build the skin of the sturgeon armature made of chicken wire and flexible tubing. The finished sculptures will be displayed at the Monroe County Earth Day Expo on April 14. They will also be exhibited at local libraries and the Monroe Historical Museum.