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.




All Events

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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Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Bird Walk at Cornell Plantations

In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cayuga Bird Club, Cornell Plantations is offering Friday morning guided bird walks on Plantations grounds. Walks begin at 8:00 a.m. and are free. They will take place rain or shine and last approximately 90 minutes. Registration is not required. Meet by the Sculpture Garden in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road. ...expand entry

Saturday, April 26, 2014 7:30 AM to 9:00 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 7:30 a.m.and last about 1.5 hours. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and meet outside the observatory.  ...expand entry

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.

An interactive online course in Bird Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry from the Lab of Ornithology is newly available
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My Bird World is a collection of four delightful games that teach you about North American birds.