Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. Click here
Due to final work on the mural, “From So Simple a Beginning,” there will be limited access to the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Room and Auditorium from August through December 31, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience. For additional information on the project and artist please visit please visit the mural website.
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
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.
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.
Sapsucker Woods is a beautiful place to visit in any season. The 230-acre sanctuary encompasses forests, ponds, ferny swamps, and abundant wildlife. More than four miles of trails and boardwalks are waiting for you to explore. Stop in to our Visitor Center for tips on where to go and to borrow a pair of binoculars; join a guided bird walk; or download a trail map and checklist and explore on your own.
Trail Map and Checklist
Seasonal Trail Guides
These colorful, illustrated trail guides help you keep an eye out for some common, plants, birds, and other animals typical of each of the four seasons.
Local Bird Sightings
More than 200 bird species have been recorded in Sapsucker Woods. You can see some of the most recent sightings on the eBird gadget embedded on this page. Visitors also jot down what they've seen along the trails on a white board set up in the Lab observatory, if you plan to be here in person.
If you live in the Ithaca area, you might want to join the Cayuga Bird Club to learn more about bird watching in the Cayuga Basin. Before your visit, you can keep track of what’s being reported in and around Sapsucker Woods by reading the Cayugabirds list serve.
Birds of Sapsucker Woods