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Eagles & Ag draws hundreds of spectators

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Shannon LitzParticipants in Eagles & Ag look at birds at the River Fork Ranch during Saturday’s tour.

More than 400 people participated in the 11th annual Eagles & Agriculture event over the weekend.Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Chernock said the highlight of the event was the Ranch & Eagle tour Saturday morning.More than 200 guests visited Settelmeyer, Dangberg, Galleppi, Mack Land & Cattle and Park Cattle Ranches to learn about Valley ranching and conservation and observe birds of prey.“It was the most successful one ever,” Chernock said of the weekend. “Saturday lunch went beautifully. It all ran at capacity, and like clockwork. There were a lot of people involved in this and everybody did a great job.”As well as the ranch tour, the highways and byways tours led by Jim Woods of Birding Under Nevada Skies was at capacity with swans being the focus of this year’s tours.The kayak tour down the Carson River had close to a dozen participants enabling people to view birds and other wildlife in their riparian habitat.“Everything we heard about it was good. They were very pleased with how it went,” Chernock said. “River flow is dicey this time of year. It was OK for Friday, but not for Sunday.The Chamber of Commerce is accepting submissions for their Eagle & Agriculture photo contest through March 19. Categories include best eagle photo and best wildlife/agriculture photo. Submissions can be of photos taken from the end of last year’s event to now.They must be delivered to the chamber office, located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, on CD or hard copy.For more information, visit http://www.carsonvalleynv.org, or call 782-8144.