Sitting on the nest and standing watch

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Eagles

Neighbor Paul Wallace got these shots last week of Murieta's most famous residents chilling at their Lake Clementia home. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Sitting on the nest and standing watch

Happy Valentine's Day, Murieta lovers!

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Valentine swans

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lake Clementia! Neighbor Paul Anderson, who has shared many wonderful photos of Murieta wildlife, offers this one to put you in the mood of the day. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Happy Valentine's Day, Murieta lovers!

Fish ladder camera removed after vandalism

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Fish photos

Shots of passing fish from the camera that was pulled from the Cosumnes River. (Click photo for larger image.)

Vandalism at the Cosumnes River fish ladder, probably Rancho Murieta’s signature environmental presence, has forced the Fishery Foundation of California to remove a $50,000 fish-counting camera from the river and to address concerns about whether the camera will return. Read more » Read more » about Fish ladder camera removed after vandalism

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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Paul Anderson photos

Neighbor Paul Anderson, whose photography has appeared often in these pages, shares some of his wildlife shots. Click the photos to enlarge the images. Read more » about Capturing Murieta's airborne beauty

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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