The recent Genoa Cowboy Festival was a fun day of birding, art, Dutch oven demos, music and great food! We started the morning at 8:00 am at the River Fork Ranch, A Nevada Nature Conservancy property for birding with Birding Under Nevada Skies. It was a beautiful morning for a walk and bird spotting.
During the Bird walk, we saw a Great Blue Heron, Coopers Hawk, Cliff Swallows, Bucks Wren, Mallard Ducks, Kingfisher, Magpie, Turkey Vultures, White Faced Ibis, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Western Mockingbird, Meadowlark, Male Northern Harrier, Water Pipettes, Red-tailed Hawk, Brown-headed Cowbird, Pelicans, Common Egret, Northern Rough-wing Swallow, Song Sparrow, Swainsons Hawk, Brewer Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Killdeer, Sora, Corners Rant, Coots, Wilson Warbler, Kestrel, Barn Swallows, Virginia Rail, Bald Eagle, and Sandhill Cranes.
After the bird walk, it was time to take a look at the "Birds and Buckaroos" Photography Art Show, which featured beautiful photos of birds and the cowboy lifestyle. On main street the festival was in full swing and we enjoyed the vendors and the musicians. I thought about buying lunch at one of the vendors, but in the end I decided to continue to wonder around a bit more before making a final food decision. I was glad I did so, because I came across the Dutch Oven demos hosted by the Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Group, who were asking for a donation to help publish their cookbook, but with the donation came delicious, all you could eat, chili, biscuits and gravy, pizza, chicken noodle soup, skillet cookie and so much more! Here at the Basin and Range Project we LOVE Dutch oven cooking and this group was really friendly and inviting, I joined their meet-up group and hope to see and do more with them in the future.
Just about every other porch had a band playing on it and the bands were wonderful, and it was a lot of fun to just sit and listen to the great music. It was a great weekend for the event, so beautiful, check out more photos from the event below.
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