Water conditions improve at Laguna Joaquin

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Murietans walking around Laguna Joaquin Friday morning saw few dead fish – nothing compared to Thursday morning’s situation – and the Community Services District confirmed that conditions there were improving. Read more » Read more » about Water conditions improve at Laguna Joaquin

Once again, fish die at Laguna Joaquin

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Dead fish

BoatIt doesn't compare to the number of fish that died there last year, but Thursday morning a Community Services District crew was on Laguna Joaquin picking up dozens of dead fish. Click photos for larger images.

Dozens of dead fish were skimmed from Laguna Joaquin Thursday in a lesser version – possibly with a different cause – of the fish die-off that occurred there 13 months ago. Read more » Read more » about Once again, fish die at Laguna Joaquin

Mountain lion sightings; here's some advice

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Brian Rogers was crossing the wooden bridge Tuesday night, coming from South to North, when he saw this mountain lion at the river's edge on the north side. He said he snapped these phone photos and watched it for several minutes before other carts stopped to watch and the cat ambled off into the brush. (Thanks, Brian, for sharing.)

Mountain lionThere were two reports Wednesday morning of a mountain lion sighting – one from a neighbor, who shares that a cub was seen near Lake Chesbro, and the other from Security, which says a mountain lion was seen at Lake Clementia. These could be the same sighting, just told twice. Read more » Read more » about Mountain lion sightings; here's some advice

A smoky sunset closes a fiery July

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Smoky sunset

July 2018 will be remembered as a month when fires scorched Northern California. While we've been spared, our skies haven't, and the last day of July ended with a smoky sunset at the northwestern edge of Rancho Murieta. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A smoky sunset closes a fiery July

Clouds dressed in orange by the sunset

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Orange clouds

After a week with too many flames on the ground, neighbor Paul Anderson caught this shot Friday night, with the clouds wearing a flame-like sunset. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Clouds dressed in orange by the sunset

Unforgettable morning on Lake Clementia

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Eagle fishing

It was a spectacular Sunday morning on Lake Clementia for 9-year-old Jackson Haviland, who was there with his dad, Nic. As captured in this photo by neighbor Paul Anderson, Jackson had a front-row seat as one of our bald eagles did a bit of fishing. Anderson was in another boat and Nic Haviland was on a paddle board. This is one of those times when you really should click the photo to see it at larger size. Read more » about Unforgettable morning on Lake Clementia

Here's how to report wildlife killings

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If wild animals are being drowned at Lake Clementia, as a neighbor reports in RanchoMurieta.com’s Forums, the state says it’s a crime. “What you describe is a wildlife crime,” said a spokesperson for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “If it’s a professional pest control company, for example, doing this, then they’re clearly not following the law. Or some neighbor gone rogue and taking out animals.” Read more » Read more » about Here's how to report wildlife killings

Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

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Baby quailIn our big world, it wasn’t much of a crisis or much of a rescue, which probably means it isn’t much of a story. But a handful of Murietans helped rescue a bunch of baby quail from a storm drain late Monday afternoon. Read more » Read more » about Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

West Nile virus found in Elk Grove area

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This season’s first mosquito carrying West Nile virus has been detected in Elk Grove, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Thursday. In addition, a dead scrub jay found in Elk Grove tested positive for the virus. Read more » Read more » about West Nile virus found in Elk Grove area

Big enough to walk around the nest

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Eaglets

A photo and note from neighbor Roger Brandt: "My friend Kathy and I got this picture yesterday of the three eaglets. You can see Eaglet 3 behind the stick on the right. They are getting bigger by the day." (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Big enough to walk around the nest

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