A morning on the Cosumnes River

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Cosumnes River

It was a beautiful day to be on the Cosumnes River, as this group found near Granlees Dam Friday morning. The weather forecast says the wonderful February weather will continue into next week, but with daytimes a bit cooler – in the 60s. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A morning on the Cosumnes River

Patrolling the fields and Murieta Parkway

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Great hawk

Lake hawk

EgretBill (Birdman) Gengler checks in with more of his feathered friends: "One Swainson hawk, another hawk down by the lake and a Rancho Murieta Association egret.  The hawks are coming back to Rancho and the egret seems to be a member of RMA management, as he  has been hanging around by himself at the front and back of the RMA Building every day for at least a week. RM is becoming Bird City again.  Wonderful! Birdman is waiting for the eagles also!" (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about Patrolling the fields and Murieta Parkway

Birdman's shots of our feathered friends

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Eagle on Scott Road

It's good to welcome back Bill (Birdman) Gengler, who shares a note and photos: "Spotted and photographed a bald eagle on Scott Road last week.  Yes, they are still around. Then took a similar and unusual picture of a Rancho Murieta egret not swimming but also sitting on a tree top in Rancho.  For those who are concerned about the absence of rare hawks in Rancho Murieta, took photos of what I believe to be Swainson hawks hanging around the Country Club and the Equestrian Center last week. Keep your eyes on the sky for more of them.  Have a good RM year!  Birdman"

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CCPAC will review habitat conservation plan

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The Cosumnes Community Planning Advisory Council will review the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan at its meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 24). The conservation plan, which covers 317,655 acres, includes Rancho Murieta. It is intended “to minimize impacts to and permanently conserve the native species and all natural communities of the Planning Area, while allowing for planned future urban development and other Covered Activities that comply with local policies and regulations,” according to the plan website. CCPAC is a volunteer planning advisory group that makes recommendations to Sacramento County Planning and Environmental Review. The council meets at the Wilton Community Center, 9717 Colony Road, Wilton. Read more » about CCPAC will review habitat conservation plan

Capturing Murieta's airborne beauty

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Flowers that welcome in a new year

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Paperwhites, Rancho Murieta

Even with Thursday’s temperatures in the mid-60s, the surest sign of spring for some of us is the explosion of paperwhites that welcomes every new year at Fuente de Paz and Rio Blanco Drive. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Flowers that welcome in a new year

In the skies over Rancho Murieta...

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Neighbor-photographer Paul Anderson shares some of his fabulous wildlife photos, this time a look at Rancho Murieta's bald eagles. In the photo detail above, you see an eagle couple making New Year's plans. Below are a young bald eagle in flight and a handsome, soaring fully grown eagle. (Click photos for larger images.)

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Catching up with an old friend

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Rack before

Photographer Paul Anderson shares these and writes, "Met up with the same buck I shot for the 2018 SOLOS calendar (still are available for sale)!  Just without all the antler velvet!" (Click photos for larger images.)

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Autumn beauty hangs on a little longer

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Laguna Joaquin

Late Monday afternoon at Laguna Joaquin was as pretty an almost-December day as you could hope for. The weather forecast for the rest of the week calls for more of the same, with high temperatures around 60. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Autumn beauty hangs on a little longer

Salmon climbing our fish ladder

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SalmonWonderful Place Where We Live, #26487: Bunky Svendsen shares this photo and caption: "150 miles from the Golden Gate. He/She's gotta be tired! Ladder at Granlees Dam today." (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Salmon climbing our fish ladder

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