The nature of Carson Valley
January 13, 2011
The ninth annual Eagles and Agriculture event is Feb. 25-27.
“The eagles are here and calving season is open,” Western Nevada Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator Dan Kaffer said on Wednesday.
Kaffer said that eight bald eagles and three golden eagles were spotted by birders in Carson Valley during the Christmas Bird Count.
The annual Eagles & Ag event is more than a chance to commune with nature.
It’s also an opportunity to hear from the Valley’s ranchers about their heritage and the property that provides a home to much of the Valley’s wildlife.
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“It’s a celebration of the bounty and beauty of Carson Valley’s ranches, their history and the wildlife that agriculture supports,” Kaffer said. “We’re blessed to have ranches that go back to the 1850s, like the Settelmeyers, Macks, Byingtons, Burrs and Parks. We are blessed to have those ranchers allow the public to come out and hear about their agriculture, and see the eagles feast during calving season.”
The interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers who come to observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds and wildlife.
Almost 4,000 people attended last year’s Eagles & Ag event. This year’s programs include a reception and dinner, a private ranch and eagle tour, and the Owl Prowl.
Kaffer said that Valley veterinarian Randy Wallstrum will speak at the Friday night dinner about his encounter with wolverines in Alaska. Keynote addresses will also be offered by Sen. James Settelmeyer and Assemblyman Kelly Kite.
Eagles & Ag is presented by the Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community, Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Lahontan Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, Western Nevada Resource Conservation & Development Office, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
The tours and workshops demonstrate how agricultural stewardship benefits wildlife and their habitat in Nevada. Proceeds benefit local wildlife, conservation and agriculture projects. Tours and events are staged at or hosted by the Carson Valley Inn on Highway 395 in Minden. Early registration is encouraged to sign up soon as space is limited for all Eagles and Agriculture events.
Event schedule, registration, and special lodging rates available at http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org or at the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, (800) 727-7677.
What: Carson Valley Eagles & Agriculture event
When: Feb. 25-27
Where: Staging at Carson Valley Inn in Minden
Info: Schedule, registration, lodging rates at visitcarsonvalley.org or Carson Valley Visitors Authority, 782-8144