Nature and wildlife

Fishing gear swap meet set for Oct. 16

The Rancho Murieta Fishing Club will host a fishing equipment swap (rods, reels, lures, boats) on Oct. 16 at Stonehouse Park  It's free, open to Rancho Murieta residents only. Seller setup will be from 8 to 9 a.m. It will be open to buyers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more »

50 people come out for meteor light show

Star party

More than 50 people gathered under the stars and moon in Rancho Murieta Friday night to see the Perseid meteor shower, an annual event that promised a special show this year. Murietan David Scharlach, an amateur astronomer who arranged the gathering, on the parking area above Lakes Calero and Chesbro, provided a 10-inch telescope and had a friend bring an 11-inch telescope. Kids, parents and grandparents lined up to see Saturn, the Moon and other heavenly objects. Shortly after 9:30, as Scharlach was explaining about distances in space, the crowd broke the classroom silence with cries of  “Wow!” and “Oooooh!” They had seen the first meteor of the night.

Meteor-viewing party planned for Friday

The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Thursday and Friday nights. A Murieta neighbor is planning a meteor-viewing party for Friday night, and you’re invited. Read more »

Young eagle: They're so cute at that age

Eagle

Bill (Birdman) Gengler shares one of his nature photos and this note: "Took this picture today of what seems to be a juvenile bald eagle sitting on a power pole on the backside of Lake Calero.  It had a dinner in its claws and flew away into the trees to eat it.  Yes, the hawks and eagles are still around our lakes even though it is hot out there after Summer Solstice. Have a good day."

Adding catfish and bluegill to Laguna Joaquin

Bucket of fish

Rancho Murieta’s fish population got a boost Tuesday as 400 catfish and 200 bluegills found a new home in Laguna Joaquin. Luke Leonard of Fresh Water Fish Company released buckets of both at two coves on the lake known to be breeding areas for midge flies.  Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Manager Rod Hart and RMA Director Larry Shelton, who oversaw the release, explained that the fish are part of an effort to control the insect infestations, improve water quality and add to recreational fishing at the lake. Shelton is the co-chair of the Midge Fly Ad Hoc Committee. Last month the RMA board voted to spend $1,800 to stock the lake, sharing the cost with Murieta Townhouses Inc., which is contributing $1,000. Below are a couple of bluegills.

Bluegills

A profile you'll be seeing at the post office

Squirrel

The other lunchtime, this light-fingered fellow was working his way from cart to cart in the Pro Shop parking lot. A passerby reported a Snickers bar had gone missing from her golf cart. Be on the lookout. Security has been notified. Click photo for larger image.

RMA addresses geese and midge-fly problems

[Brief published April 19] The Rancho Murieta Association board last week approved a low-cost effort to address problems with Canada geese at Lake Clementia and heard a report on approaches to clean the midge flies out of Laguna Joaquin. Read more »

An explosion of spring flowers on Pera

Pera poppies

Beth Buderus took this photo of a poppies riot on Pera Drive the other day. She says it's one of several homes where this spring's poppies have gone crazy. You can click the photo to see a larger image.

Birdman family portrait – and a presentation

Mute swans

Bill (Birdman) Gengler offers this family portrait and a note: "it looks like Mother Mute Swan let her babies out of the family's Bass Lake nest she has been sitting in for weeks. And mom and dad are swimming around with them on the lake.  Nice looking group!" Bill Gengler, along with 160 nature photos and his wealth of knowledge, will be addressing the Kiwanis Club at 7 p.m. tonight at the Villas Clubhouse. The public is invited. Birdman adds, "I will also answer questions about how easy it was to take these pictures and how the attendees might be able to do the same thing with very reasonably priced cameras and iPhones."

A hillside filled with the colors of spring

Wildflowers

It sure was springtime Thursday afternoon around Lake Clementia, where the hillsides were alive with wildflowers.

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