Lab Events

Planning a Visit

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
1-800-843-BIRD (1-800-843-2473)
clo_events@cornell.edu

Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. Click here

The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is open every day, dawn to dusk.

Visitor Center Hours

Monday–Thursday: 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Saturday: 9:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. April-December
Sunday: Closed January-March
Hours may change due to special events. We are closed on some holidays.

Holiday Hours

Closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day.
Closed from 4:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve through January 4.
Open 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and the day after Thanksgiving.

Adelson Library Hours

Monday-Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Where to Stay

The following hotels offer special reduced rates for Lab visitors. This rate is based on availability and subject to change. Free shuttle service is available to and from the Cornell Lab, please contact the hotel for more information on their shuttle service.
Courtyard by Marriott: 607-330-1000
Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott: 607-277-1000
Best Western University Inn: 607-272-6100

Admission is free. We appreciate donations and member support to help with trail maintenance and local outreach programs.

Watch Selected Monday Night Seminars Online

You can watch any of our past livestreamed seminars via the free video seminar archive on our blog.

Bookmark this web page to watch live seminars and sign up for alerts about upcoming presentations.

All Events

Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Sunday, February 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Saturday, February 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Sunday, February 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Monday, February 09, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Factors Driving Increased Virulence of House Finch Eye Disease

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting
Speaker: Dr. André Dhondt, Morgens Professor of Ornithology, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

House Finch eye disease (Mycoplasma gallisepticum) first appeared in eastern North America in 1994, causing severe conjunctivitis and reduced survival of this popular feeder bird. Studies find that the illness is becoming more severe (virulent) in both eastern and western House Finch populations. Dr. André Dhondt will talk about his research on why this disease is becoming more virulent, based on the hypothesis that it is the result of competition among different strains in a system in which hosts can recover from infections, but maintain imperfect immunity after recovery (the immune escape hypothesis).

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy snacks and conversation 7:15–7:30 p.m. Cayuga Bird Club business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation to follow at approximately 8:00 p.m. Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full. Open to the public.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Sunday, February 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Sunday, March 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

Monday, March 02, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

The Talented Superb Lyrebird

Speaker: Dr. Anastasia H. Dalziell, postdoctoral associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Australia’s Superb Lyrebird is famous for the male’s remarkable ability to mimic a wide variety of sounds, from the songs of other bird species to chainsaws, camera shutters, car alarms, and more. Dr. Anastasia Dalziell will share research results showing that the vocal mimicry by male lyrebirds is even more spectacular and bizarre than previously thought. Males also coordinate their songs with elaborate “dance moves” on carefully constructed dance platforms to attract a mate. Female lyrebirds have unexpectedly complex displays as well. You’ll hear recordings and see videos of behaviors previously undescribed in this fascinating species.

Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Olivier Messiaen Concert: Catalogue d’oiseaux

In the Cornell Lab's observatory, pianists Xak Bjerken, David Friend, Mari Kawamura, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, and Andrew Zhou perform Messiaen’s Catalogue d'oiseaux, 13 imaginative works built on bird songs from across France. Introductions will be by Ronald R. Hoy, Merksamer Professor in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell. Space is limited. Copy and paste this address into your browser to register for tickets.
https://westfield.org/conferences/environsmessiaen/concert-3-catalogue-doiseaux.html
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Monday, March 09, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Vacation in Antarctica

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting
Speaker: Suan Yong, Cayuga Bird Club member; nature enthusiast

Suan and two friends traveled to Antarctica in January 2013 for what they call “the most incredible vacation of a lifetime.” Suan will share photos and information about the last continent and the nature tourism industry that has made it more accessible than you might think.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy snacks and conversation 7:15–7:30 p.m. Cayuga Bird Club business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation to follow at approximately 8:00 p.m. Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full. Open to the public.
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Monday, March 23, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Uphill Struggles: Of Cassowaries, Seeds, and Conservation

Seminar and book signing
Speaker: Dr. Andrew L. Mack, executive director, Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance

Cassowaries, the third largest species of bird, are the closest things living to dinosaurs. They are secretive denizens of the rugged island of New Guinea, the third largest remaining rainforest (after the Amazon and Congo Basins). Dr. Andrew Mack has spent years living deep in these forests, working with indigenous Pawai’ia trackers, undertaking the first field studies of cassowaries in New Guinea. He devoted considerable effort to the study of the droppings of these giant frugivores, more specifically the seeds within the droppings. Despite their reclusive nature, these birds play a keystone role in the overall rainforest ecology. Witnessing the demise of rainforests everywhere led Mack to shift from researcher to focusing on New Guinea conservation. He will speak about his adventures with cassowaries and discoveries deep in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea. His book, "Searching for PekPek: Cassowaries and Conservation in a New Guinea Rainforest," will be available for signing after the presentation.

Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full.



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Monday, April 06, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock

Seminar and book signing
Speaker: Dr. Stephen W. Kress, Director, Audubon Seabird Restoration Program

After 42 years, Project Puffin has achieved international acclaim for pioneering methods that are helping endangered seabirds worldwide. But there is much to this story that has never been told. Join us as project founder Dr. Stephen Kress recounts how his childhood experiences in landlocked Columbus, Ohio, ignited his lifelong passion for puffins on the Maine coast. Hear about the challenges of working on remote islands, and how persistence helped him succeed when a nemesis almost halted the project in its infancy. Join us for the first public debut of Kress’s new autobiographical book, which will be available for signing after the presentation.

Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full.
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Monday, April 13, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Their World of Sound: An Exploration of Bird Sounds

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting
Speaker: Greg Budney, Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab

Birds make some of the most compelling sounds heard in nature--from the stunningly beautiful to the bizarre, from drumming to mimicry, from the Common Nightingale to the Musician Wren. During this presentation you'll hear sounds that birds use to communicate and learn what these sounds reveal about their complex lives, via sound recordings from the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library, the world's largest archive of bird sounds.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy snacks and conversation 7:15–7:30 p.m. Cayuga Bird Club business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation to follow at approximately 8:00 p.m. Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full. Open to the public.
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Monday, May 04, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds

Seminar and book signing
Speaker: Laura Erickson, author; Marie Read, author and wildlife photographer

This new book from author Laura Erickson and wildlife photographer Marie Read documents every stage in the family lives of birds. The authors will talk about these rare glimpses into the lives of the birds we thought we knew—everything from dramatic courtship to nest construction, egg-laying, and first attempts at flight by the young. Copies of the book will available for signing after the presentation.

Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Ron Rohrbaugh, Assistant Director, Conservation Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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