Students team up with Michigan Sea Grant to protect native fish

The River Redhorse suffers from a case of mistaken identity. Even though it is a native fish that requires clean flowing rivers, many people mistake the River Redhorse for invasive carp or other native suckers that can tolerate polluted water.

In fact, the River Redhorse is listed as a threatened species in Michigan and is only found in a handful of large, rocky rivers.

Students partcipating in the lakeshore environmental education program at Walden Green Montessori School in Ferrysburg, Mich., learned how to identify closely related species and worked with Michigan Sea Grant to teach others why the River Redhorse is so rare.

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