The annual gathering of eagles and the celebration of Northern Nevada's rich agriculture in Carson Valley, nestled beneath the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, offers an opportunity to witness the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey during the winter calving season.
This remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and a variety of other birds and wildlife species.
The seasonal gathering of eagles and other birds of prey features tours and workshops including a Birds of Prey Lecture, Ranch and Eagle Tour, Owl Prowl Tour and Live Field Demonstration, Raptor Highway and Byway Tour, Photography and Wildlife workshop, canoe/raft trip and photography contest.
The event begins with the Birds of Prey Lecture and reception on Friday evening. The Ranch and Eagle tour is Saturday morning on luxury motor coaches with expert guides of the Carson Valley history and wildlife. As a guest of the ranches, you'll observe their operations up close and meet the men and women who run them. Attendees will learn about the Carson Valley ranching and conservation plus have the opportunity to observe birds of prey from vantage points not available to the general public. Lunch is served with group discussion on sightings allowing participants to compare experiences.
The Owl Prowl Tour and Live Falconing Field Demonstration on Saturday afternoon is led by a local naturalist and goes to historic area barns to view owls in their habitat. The tour is limited to only 45 participants, weather permitting.
The two-day Photography Wildlife Workshop is offered on Saturday and Sunday with instruction and discussion on Saturday and a nature photo shoot on location at an area ranch on Sunday.
On either Saturday or Sunday, participants can join in the Raptor Highway and Byway Tour by birding under Nevada skies. This is a supplemental tour for those interested in Buteos, Accipiters and falcons which commonly winter in Carson Valley and the perfect complement to the Ranch and Eagle Tour. Tour is limited to 15 participants.
Another unique way to observe the eagles, hawks and falcons occurs on Sunday when a guided Raft/Canoe Trip conducted by Great Basin Sports is offered. Participants will paddle down the beautiful Carson River and enjoy scenery and wildlife. This is a great event for photography buffs.
In conjunction with the Eagles and Agriculture event, there is the annual Photography Contest awarding the best birding photo and best agricultural/wildlife photo taken in Carson Valley.
The tours and workshops demonstrate how agricultural stewardship benefits wildlife and their habitat in Nevada. All proceeds benefit local wildlife, conservation and agriculture projects. Visit http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/ for tour information.