Lab Events

Planning a Visit

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

Request a reservation (for groups of 10 or more).

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.
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 1.
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

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

Watch Selected Seminars Live Online!

Next Live Seminar: April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Title: To Know the Crow: Insights and stories from a quarter century of crow study

Speakers: Anne B. Clark, Binghamton University; Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;

Seminar Archives:

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

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Monday Night Seminars

Monday, April 21, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

To Know the Crow: Insights and Stories From a Quarter Century of Crow Study

Anne B. Clark, Binghamton University; Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;

American Crows have followed us into our suburban and urban neighborhoods, making them one of our most familiar birds. But they have socially intricate lives, with more complex goals than converging at your local dumpster—in fact, socially, they are probably more like us than any primate. Ithaca is home to the longest running study of marked American Crows anywhere: it is now 26 years since Kevin first began banding them. Kevin and Anne will tell some of their stories, including tales of family values and treachery, stay-at-homes and travelers, dynasties and disease.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. but seating is limited. Doors will close when room capacity is reached.
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Monday, April 28, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Restoration of Mexican Islands and Conservation of Birds

Speaker: Alfonso Aguirre Muñoz, Director, Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas

The Mexican islands are among the most valuable natural ecosystems.While well preserved, invasive mammals have been a big threat to its biodiversity, even causing the extinction of some island species. In response, Mexico has eradicated 56 populations of invasive mammals from 36 islands, protecting 147 endemic species of mammals, reptiles, birds and plants. In addition, 227 colonies of seabirds have been protected. The eradication of invasive mammals from the approximately 40 remaining islands is a strategic goal achievable by 2025, thanks to the collaboration of local communities, federal government agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs, as well as national and international donors and funds.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. but seating is limited. Doors will close when room capacity is reached.
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Monday, May 12, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Fuertes Revisited: A Bird Artist in His Setting

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting
Speaker: Mia Boynton PhD, granddaughter of Louis Fuertes and independent writer

Mia Boynton, a granddaughter of Louis Fuertes and an independent writer, will talk about the research she has done for her recently completed biography of Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Fuertes Revisited: A Bird Artist in his Setting. Topics covered will include business realities of being a bird artist in the early 20th century, sources of inspiration for Fuertes, sources of difficulty, and the ways in which he survived. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This seminar is one event in a series of events commemorating and celebrating the Cayuga Bird Club's 100 year anniversary

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and there will be cookies and conversation starting at 7:15 p.m. Bird club business begins at 7:30 followed by the speaker presentation. Seating is limited and doors will close when room capacity is reached.
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Monday, May 19, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Humpback Whales--Composers of the Sea

Speakers: Katy Payne and Ann Warde, Cornell Lab Bioacoustics Research Program

Humpback whales are the maestros of the marine world. Their "songs" actually develop and change over time--an example of cultural evolution in a non-human species! Katy Payne and Ann Warde of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bioacoustics Research Program have teamed up for this audio-visual presentation during which they will introduce the audience to whales, the sounds they make, and the concept of deep listening.

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