Visit the Lab

Get directions to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and learn about all we have to offer in our Visitor Center and out on our trails. Come explore the Visitor Center in the Johnson
Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Enjoy our interactive exhibits, multimedia theater,
art gallery, and local programs. We’re here for you! Our Visitor Center has sound and video exhibits, beautiful bird art, weekly seminars, beautiful views, a feeder garden, and binoculars and telescopes for your use.

 

 

Events

All Events

Saturday, November 01, 2014 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Beginner 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, November 02, 2014 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Guided Beginner 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, November 03, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Fighting Crime with...Feathers: The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist

Speaker: Pepper Trail, Senior Forensic Scientist/Ornithologist, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

When a crime is committed against a bird, a forensic ornithologist identifies the victim. Pepper Trail is likely the world’s only full-time ornithological crime-fighter. Trail works at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, where he identifies all bird evidence submitted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement officers. This evidence ranges from oil-soaked seabirds to the plumes of birds-of-paradise, from carved hornbill skulls to live South American parrots. Join us for a look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most fascinating crime labs, and learn how feathers are powerful weapons in the fight to protect the world’s birds.

Free

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. but seating is limited. Doors will close when room capacity is reached.
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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 December-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 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
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.

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