Reminder of the value of the land

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This past weekend was the annual Eagles and Ag event held every February during the calving time of the year.  What is calving?  It’s when cows give birth to their young.  And what has that to do with Eagles?  Well, when an animal gives birth, there is stuff that comes out called afterbirth, and well, the birds clean up the mess.

Eagle Minden NV 12 Dangberg 1000hWe live in a society where we forget where our food comes from and how the circle of life is an important role in the ecology and survival of all of us who live on this round rock called Earth.  So attending this event will afford you the opportunity to understand a bit more about the ranching way of life and how the agriculture is an important part of preserving not only a way of life for people but for nature as well.  As the years have gone by many small farms and ranches have disappeared from the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.  These large open spaces not only provide food for us, but they provide large protected open spaces for the wildlife as well.  Plants too.  This is not ranching or farming propaganda, but the truth.  My childhood neighborhood used to be surrounded by ranches and farms and now they are gone – and so are the animals and plants that I used to see so commonly as a child.

Eagle Minden NV 20 1000wI’m going to share with you some of the photos I took while attending this event and hopefully, it will inspire you to appreciate the natural beauty of the open land, the hard work people put into being ranchers and farmers, and how we can protect the environment by working with these people.  Perhaps in the future environmentalists can help keep the small rancher in business and he can help protect endangered species of wildlife and plant life.  It seems like a perfect partnership.

So with all that inspirational stuff said…  I can also simply say…the air smelled clean and fresh, it was nice to walk about, fun to explore and search for interesting things to photograph, and a nice way to meet other people.  The pictures contained within this blog are mine that I took during the event.  I didn’t get any good clear photos of the birds, but I was able to see them through the telescopes that the presenters had ready for their guests.  These people were volunteers and did a nice job.  There is a photo contest for those with luck and fancy cameras.  Here’s a link to their website, so that you can plan for this event next year.

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A barn owl that was very difficult to photo!

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I have to admit that while standing here in the morning on this historic ground – I felt like someone else was with me that I just could not see.

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Two young Eagles hanging out with the calves.

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Settlemeyer Ranch property

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I think these are herrings.

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I think this is one of my best photos of the River Fork Ranch Preserve near Genoa, NV – website.

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And what kind of ranch doesn’t have a bunch of fuzzy buddies to hang out with.  Love this picture.  Only ten cats are in this photo, but I think there were about 30 present before I got my camera out.  🙂

I hope you enjoyed my photos.


G. Winkler ©2016

Gretchen Winkler is a Writer, Artist, Radio Show Co-Host on User Friendly 2.0, Cosplayer/Designer, and ordered Knight. She is currently working on several Star Wars novel projects and does editing and proof reading for Bill Sikkens & KPAM the Answer Portland radio. For the past 20 years she has authored several informational websites, started several technical companies, and has been an avid student of art, literature, history, technology.

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