Sunny skies and warming temperatures will take us through the rest of the work week, thanks to a building ridge of high pressure that will stick around for a few days. High temperatures will climb into the upper 40s Wednesday and into the mid to upper-50s by Saturday. Another low pressure center will drop out of the Gulf of Alaska mid-weekend, bringing back a chance of rain and snow to the region, especially on Sunday.
So why do the eagles come to the Carson Valley year after year? In a nutshell, it’s all the free food.
We all have the vision of the magnificent bird of prey swooping down and grabbing a salmon out of the river, and indeed there are times when they have to work like that for their eats. But they are also relatively lazy birds, and they have no problem sitting down to a prepared buffet. And the table is set every year in the Carson Valley.
While it may not seem the most appetizing meal to us, during the calving season on the ranches the eagles will feast on the cow’s afterbirth. It’s a very symbiotic relationship. The eagles clean up what otherwise would be messy and smelly at best, and potentially a source of disease at worst. And they get an easy meal out of the deal.