Migration Celebration

Planning a Visit

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

Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. Click here

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

For store hours for Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods, click here.

Visitor Center Hours

Note:The Visitor Center will close at 1:30 p.m. on May 22 for a special event.

Monday–Sunday: 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Hours may change due to special events. We are closed on some holidays.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Holiday Hours

Closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day.

Closed from 4:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve through January 3.

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.

Note: The Adelson Library will be closed Wednesday March 16 through Monday March 21.

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.

Join Us

Saturday, September 12

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 



Learn about fall bird migration and celebrate the Cornell Lab's centennial with a behind-the-scenes look at our research and conservation programs. Download further details and directions (PDF).

Eastern Screech-OwlRaptors!

See live birds from the Cornell Raptor Program



underwater recording deviceBioacoustics Research Program 

See demos of high-tech tools used in bird and animal sounds research


Ruby-crowned KingletGuided Bird Walks

Led by Cayuga Bird Club on Sapsucker Woods trails



DNA moleculeFuller Evolutionary Biology Lab

Learn how a bird's DNA is used to trace its evolution over time


Metal bird bandsBird Banding

View wild birds up close as they are banded and released



boy listening tosoundsMacaulay Library Archive

Visit our video and sound archive studios and watch stunning videos


girl doing craftsFace Painting, Crafts, Games

Get banded like a bird, play the migration game, make birdy crafts



Bald Eagle in flightConservation Science

Learn how research is used to help birds and what you can do at home


Be a Migration Celebration volunteer! Fill out the online registration form.

You can also download and print the volunteer registration form. (PDF) Fill it out and send it in by August 27:

boy eating ice creamMigration Celebration
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

PLUS! Cayuga Lake Creamery will be there with their wonderful ice cream and other snacks.

For more information contact us: 800-843-BIRD (2473)


This event was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program. 

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