• 2017 Eagles & AG

    Thanks for looking for information on this year’s event. The 2017 Eagles & Ag event will be held on January 26 - 29, 2017. The 15th year of this popular event has been moved earlier in the year to coincide with what we have observed to be the height of eagle viewing opportunities in Carson Valley. A number of events are planned for participants with all sorts of interests. Here’s more on our Featured Events.

    We start with the Welcome Reception and Photography Exhibit on Thursday the 26th at 5:30P
    at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, on Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. At this event, 20 to 25 of the finest wildlife photographers in the region gather to meet you and show and sell their best work. They are joined by falconers with a Siberian Goshawk, White Gyrfalcon, Harris Hawk and Eurasian Eagle Owl. Light hors d’ouevres are included, (but it is not a dinner) and a cash bar is available. The cost is only $10 per person –and reservations are required.

    On Friday evening, we host the Falconers Dinner at 5:30P in the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn. This has become a must-do event as it combines a great dinner, a presentation from an expert on ranching and the western lifestyle and you have a chance to really get up close to see and photograph the birds as falconers will bring a Siberian Goshawk, White Gyrfalcon, Black Gyrfalcon and Eurasian Eagle Owl to the event. Our Ag presenter is Paul Starrs, author of ‘Let the Cowboys Ride” along with a four course dinner, raffles, exhibits and more. The cost is $45 per person and reservations are required.

    Saturday morning, the heart of the event is the Ranch & Eagle Tour & Luncheon. We ask you to check in at the Carson Valley Inn by 7:30 A or so and then you’ll be a part of the carefully orchestrated chaos that is our loading procedure. Trust us, we know what’s going on. You will board one of four luxury motorcoaches and head off to visit four or five Carson Valley ranches where you’ll have your best chance to see and photograph eagles.

    On board your bus, there will be one or two expert birders and what we call a ‘BS-er’ an expert on the history of the area. At each ranch, you’ll be greeted by the owner and operator who will share the history of the operation and also at each ranch, another birder with a spotting scope will be set up to help your viewing. The busses are organized so that only one bus is at a ranch at any given time.

    At the close of the tour, you’ll return to the Carson Valley Inn for our luncheon. We will enjoy a buffet lunch, compare bird counts, have a raffle, engage in our traditional Mooing contest, and generally have a great wrap up to the morning.

    Below you will find links that let you download the complete schedule (there are several smaller, specialized tours as well) in different formats, a reservation form, information on our Photography Contest, and a place to click to make your reservations online. No reservation is guaranteed until it has been fully paid. Should your plans change after you have made reservations and you have to cancel, you will receive a refund less a $25 service fee as long as we get the cancellation at least 48 hours before the event. Generally, we go regardless of the weather conditions, so keep an eye on the forecast and dress accordingly. If the roads are open, we operate our tours.

    Please call us if you have any questions. We are available Monday through Friday from 8A to 5P at 775-782-8144. We look forward to helping you enjoy this event and to welcoming you to the beautiful Carson Valley!

    Click here for a 'poster' schedule of the events.

    Click here for a more detailed description of the events.

    Click here for a printable reservation form for mailing or faxing.

    Click here for the 2017 Photo Contest Information.

    Click here for the Photo Contest Release Form.


  • The 2016 Photo Contest Winning Entries from Roger Van Alyne

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  • 2016 Photo Contest Entries

  • 2015 Eagles & Agriculture Photo Winners Announced

    Two local photographers were chosen by the Eagles & Agriculture Steering Committee as the winners of this year's Photo Contest. Kathy Port's image of a stareoff between a calf and an eagle won Best Eagle image and Nancy Hulsey's portait of an owl won for Best Wildife/Agriculture.

    Each will receive the admiration of their peers and a check for $125.

    The Winning Photos are below and all the contest submissions are in the Gallery at the bottom of the page.

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