Contact UsStanford Sierra Conference Center
P.O. Box 10618
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 Physical Address:
130 Fallen Leaf Road
Fallen Leaf, CA 96150
We're running a weekly staff photo contest for the spring. Last week, Brandon Eldred submitted the winning photo plus a few other great shots of Fallen Leaf Lake and some wildlife in the area. The cute factor helped determine the winning shot. This little white rabbit let Brandon get pretty close.Fallen Leaf Lake out our front door provides incredible scenery and a home to assorted waterfowl. A mallard couple are regulars here in the spring. (I don't know if it's the same couple each year. I do know, Make Way for Ducklings was a favorite book of mine and my son Oscar when he was a toddler.) More unusual, Brandon got this great photo of a pair of mergansers hanging out at the boat dock. Female mergansers are a common site on Lake Tahoe. It's very entertaining to see a mom and her gaggle of ducklings with their mohawk-looking hairstyles bobbing along then all disappearing under the water and popping back up yards away. We're hoping for a large batch of merganser ducklings to show up soon! Squirrels are a common site pretty much year round. Once weather is warm and we're leaving the sliding glass doors to the lodge open, the squirrels make their way inside. I've found them in my office, but most often, they go for the dining room. Guests are surprised to see the squirrels inside, but staff become quite adept at corralling the squirrels back outside. Thanks to Brandon for sharing these excellent photos of some of our local furry friends!