Nature and wildlife

Splashes of color on our landscape

Fall colors

In advance of Thursday's rain, neighbor Bill Gengler photographed some of Rancho Murieta's fall color.  "Thought it might be nice to take photos of some of those trees for residents to see before they spend the week raking the leaves off their lawns," he writes. Click here to see a gallery with 13 more of his shots of fall color.

Swans spend the afternoon at Chesbro


A flock of swans paddled gently around Lake Chesbro Sunday afternoon.  With temperatures in the 80s, the afternoon felt more like a Sunday in May than one approaching Thanksgiving.

What it feels like to be odd bird out


Bill (Birdman) Gengler checks in with a photo: "The white pelicans have arrived again and are sharing the lake next to the Equestrian Center on Jackson Road with a few geese.  This is a once-a-year visit to Rancho Murieta during their travels to the ocean.  As you can see, they love to hang together even when they are fishing for food.  And of course you can see that their beaks can hold more than their belly can!  Have a wonderful Rancho Murieta Day."

RM will be sprayed Wednesday for West Nile

Spraying to combat West Nile virus will take place Wednesday evening in Rancho Murieta South, in the area of the drainage basin known as Lost Lake, bordered by Reynosa Drive and the South Course's 5th green. Read more »

Story: Proposal to kill four deer for testing

Kent Fowler

Kent Fowler offers his presentation on deer and Lyme disease at Tuesday's RMA meeting.

[News brief published Aug. 20] The Rancho Murieta Association addressed concerns about the deer population here by hosting a panel with representatives from state departments of Food and Agriculture, Public Health, and Fish and Wildlife at its meeting Tuesday. Read more »

A close encounter with young bobcats


Here's one of the two bobcats spotted near the fourth green on the North Course.

Andy Feldman shares this photo of a young bobcat, taken near the fourth green of the North Course Monday evening.  Here's his story, as offered in an email Tuesday afternoon: Read more »

RMA offers panel on deer and Lyme disease


The Rancho Murieta Association and Community Services District boards hold their monthly meetings this week.  The agenda for Tuesday’s RMA meeting includes a presentation by Kent Fowler of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Representatives from Food and Agriculture, Public Health, and Fish and Wildlife departments will participate in a panel discussion on the deer population and Lyme disease. Read more »

Neighbors meeting on the street


Neighbor Bill (Birdman) Gengler takes a pass on the birds today and offers squirrels. "No birds around -- but a cute bunch of squirrels who crawled out of their holes to pose for this picture on Murieta Parkway," he writes. "Better this picture than one of the many who are squashed on the road. Have a RM day."

A 'supermoon' rises over Rancho Murieta

SupermoonNeighbor Bill Hawkins went out Sunday night and brought back a couple of shots of the "supermoon," as it's being called -- when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth. Sunday night's moon appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it's at its greatest distance from Earth. If you missed this one, don't fret. Another "supermoon," almost as good, will be seen on Sept. 8.

Mountain lion spotted near Lake Clementia

Mountain lion

A mountain lion sighting was reported in the Lake Clementia area earlier this week, according to Security Chief Greg Remson. Patrol officers checked the area after a witness described seeing a mountain lion cub on the east side of Lake Clementia Monday evening about 7:30 p.m., but did not see the animal, Remson reported in an email. Read more »

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