John McLain – Guest Speaker at the 16th Annual Eagles & Ag Falconers Dinner

The 16th annual Eagles & Agriculture provided the wonderful opportunity to experience the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey that come to the scenic Carson Valley during the winter calving season. This remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds the unique opportunity to come and closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and a variety of other bird and wildlife species.  This popular event includes tours of ranches accompanied by expert birders and historians, the popular Owl Prowl, a wildlife photography class, and the Falconers Dinner where guests get treated to and up-close and personal view of a variety of raptors.

John McLain Shares His Experience – 43 Years of Observing Nevada Agriculture and Natural Resources

As the guest speaker, John McLain treated the guests at the Falconers Dinner to a presentation on his experience in agriculture and natural resources for the past 43 years.  His diverse experience in the scenic Carson Valley touched on:

  • Conservation trail rides
  • Diversion dams and repairs
  • Carson Valley floods
  • Change in Nevada agriculture use of flood irrigation and sprinkler pivots to irrigate more efficiently
  • Changes in agriculture
    • Dairy Farms
    • Food Coops
    • Farmers Markets
    • Green Houses
    • Farm Crops
  • Range Management
    • Range Monitoring
    • Grazing Systems
    • Wild Horses & Burros
    • Wildlife Concerns
      • Sage grouse
      • Habitat
      • Cheatgrass
      • Wildfire
      • Raven
    • Predation
    • Livestock
    • Invasive Species
  • Wildfires
    • Suppression
    • Rehabilitation
    • Fuels Management
  • Water
    • Climate Change
    • Water & Drought
    • Dams with stored water
    • Increased well drilling activity – impact on groundwater aquifers

“Problems are not solved by imposing our political will on each other, but rather by getting to the table early enough to discuss the issues and work collaboratively to identify reasonable alternatives utilizing sound science”.