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Eagles and Agriculture features Carson River raft trip

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The annual Carson Valley Eagles and Agriculture event is an annual celebration of birding and agriculture in the Carson Valley. One of the most popular events within the three-day festival is a Feb. 21 kayak/raft trip with expert birders on the Carson River.

Birding from the perspective of a boat offers photo opportunities of water birds, shorebirds and raptors. A local birder will identify differences in shape, size, plumage patterns and colors, wing beat, flocking behavior, voice and habit. After a stop to enjoy hot drinks and snacks, participants will continue through Washoe tribal lands and be greeted by a tribal member sharing the history, biology, and geology of the land. Eventually, the boats will proceed through a blue heron rookery where participants will be witness dozens of large blue heron and egret nests.

Great Basin Sports will operate the tour with rafts, sit-on-tops, or inflatable kayaks depending on river flow. Optional outfitting is available for rental.

The cost is $75 per person and is available through the Carson Valley Arts Council at (775) 782-8207 or by visiting http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org and downloading a registration form.