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An Eagles and Agriculture reception to remember



CARSON VALLEY, Nev. — Eagles and Agriculture kicks off each year with an entertaining reception.  It can be compared to a mini version of the event, complete with great food, live birds and interesting information. The object is to whet one’s appetite for history of our local agriculture and to witness the wildlife it supports, which includes Bald Eagles during the spring calving season. The reception speakers for Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, have gone the extra mile to give you an evening to remember.

The most common of the local hawks is the red-tailed hawk. When in doubt, an amateur birder can identify a fairly large bird in the sky or on a perch as a red-tailed hawk and be correct more times than not.  But Carson Valley is home to 21 different birds of prey, so to learn the difference Dr. Alan Gubanich is presenting “Tell Me Why It’s Not a Red-Tailed Hawk.” As a professor at University of Nevada, Reno, Gubanich inspired and educated student audiences for decades.  As vice president of the Lahontan Audubon Society, he now edu-tains many bird enthusiasts and weekend explorers.  Dr. Gubanich has prepared a fast-paced, easy to understand guide to help us hone our birding skills — skillwelc-to-carson-valley-2-resized-5265078-1526684s you can remember.

The cattle ranchers that create the environmental conditions that attract bald eagles also have a story to tell. This is a story that has ancestral roots deep in Carson Valley alluvial soils. Don Henderson will help us understand “What is Agriculture in Nevada?” Henderson has 25 years of varied agriculture background, and served as the director of Nevada Department of Agriculture.  Don has prepared an exciting account of Nevada agriculture so we can bear in mind the life ranchers lead.

To ensure a memorable experience, Lew Souder, local falconer, will present a live northern goshawk.  Guests will have an opportunity to take close-up photos of this beautiful bird.  Add unlimited, exceptionally tasty hors d’oeuvres and displays of local agriculture, businesses and wildlife groups, and you’ve got an evening to remember.  The reception is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden and priced at $35 per person.  For reservations contact the Carson Valley Arts Council at 775-782-8207 or on-line at www.visitcarsonvalley.org to download the registration form.  For additional lodging and visitor information call the Carson Valley Visitors Authority at 775-782-8144 or toll-free at 800-727-7677. Call or log on today!

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