Tahoe Things to Do: Birding

Even if you’re not an avid birder, you can’t help but notice the birds of Lake Tahoe. Our vast, open spaces are the perfect backdrop for bird spotting as are the wilderness areas and old-growth forests. But even in the town areas, you can easily pick out common birds of Lake Tahoe such as the Mountain Chickadee, American Robin, the California Gull and the Canada Goose. Looking high up, you can see the broad wings of Red-Tailed Hawks. When you’re in the more wooded areas, keep an eye out for the Hairy Woodpecker and tune your ears for the noisy Steller’s Jay, which also sports gorgeous blue tones in its plumage. Another beautifully colored bird of Lake Tahoe is the male Western Tanager. And, if you’re a city dweller who might not have the opportunity to experience many majestic flyers, keep your eyes open for Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles, both of which are present in the Lake Tahoe are in winter.

Donner Memorial State Park

Lake Tahoe Birding
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated...read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner...read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Lake Tahoe Birding
CA State Park Road, Tahoma, CA
(530) 525-7982

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also open with a larger selection of sites in the summer, the park is positioned to take advantage of both the beautiful natural setting of Lake Tahoe and the historic aspects. Within the park is access to the Hellman-Ehrmann Mansion that was built in 1905. The property is still exquisitely maintained...read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also...read more

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District

Lake Tahoe Birding
8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains, lakes, river and forests. But there are many hidden gems known mostly to locals. The thing is, those gems are kept shining by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Some of the amenities and facilities managed by the district are accessible for free, others for...read more

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains,...read more