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

Thursday, January 15, 2015 8:00 AM to Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:00 PM

Beyond Treeline Photo Exhibit

When you come for a visit, don’t forget to view the new display of photographs in the auditorium by Andrew Johnson and Luke Seitz. Their images capture the unique flora and fauna found in landscapes without trees. When you climb high enough, or travel far enough north or south, you reach a point where the planet is simply too harsh for trees to grow. In this void, life gets interesting. Available for viewing during regular visitor center hours. ...expand entry

Saturday, April 04, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Note time change!

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by membersof 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, April 05, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Guided Bird Walk

Note time change!

Join us each Saturday and Sunday morning for free, beginner bird walks along easy Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary trails guided by membersof 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, 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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Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, April 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Celebrate Birds, Art, and Spring

Please join us to learn more about nesting birds and witness the artistic transformation of the Cornell Lab’s visitor center. Artist Jane Kim is covering one huge wall with a mural tracing the evolution of birds. The work is called "From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the Evolution and Diversity of Birds."

Jane will kick off our activities with a talk about the rich diversity of life-sized birds she’s painting and lead an activity with children, painting life-like wooden bird eggs (ages 6 and up, registration required).

Other activities include matching the right eggs to the right nest, creating nest and egg crafts, children’s book readings, and an exhibit featuring real nests and eggs. Join us for this free event to welcome the new season!

Register for the painted egg activity by calling 607-254-2473 or email mew73@cornell.edu.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, 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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Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, April 19, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, April 25, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, April 26, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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

Friday, May 01, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Friday bird walks at Cornell Plantations begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
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Saturday, May 02, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 03, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 03, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Sunday Wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
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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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Friday, May 08, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Friday bird walks at Cornell Plantations begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
 ...expand entry

Saturday, May 09, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 10, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 10, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Sunday Wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
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Monday, May 11, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Two Dimes and a Nickel: Tales of the Golden-winged Warbler

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting & Presentation

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

Ron will discuss how the imperiled Golden-winged Warbler has shaped contemporary avian science and conservation by fueling innovation and technology, driving state and national land management policy, and forging international partnerships.

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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Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Friday bird walks at Cornell Plantations begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
 ...expand entry

Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 17, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 17, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Sunday Wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
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Friday, May 22, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Friday bird walks at Cornell Plantations begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
 ...expand entry

Saturday, May 23, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 24, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 24, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Sunday Wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
 ...expand entry

Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Friday bird walks at Cornell Plantations begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, and May 29. Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
 ...expand entry

Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 31, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, May 31, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Birds and Blossoms: Guided Spring Walks

In collaboration with Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Bird Club, the Lab is offering Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods. Walks are free, will be held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Sunday Wildflower walks in Sapsucker Woods begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center.

The walks are being led by volunteers from Cornell Plantations, the Cornell Lab, and the Cayuga Bird Club.
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Saturday, June 06, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 07, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 13, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 14, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 20, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 21, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 27, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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, June 28, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 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

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