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

Saturday, March 07, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Olivier Messiaen Concert: Catalogue d’oiseaux

In the Cornell Lab's observatory, pianists Xak Bjerken, David Friend, Mari Kawamura, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, and Andrew Zhou perform Messiaen’s Catalogue d'oiseaux, 13 imaginative works built on bird songs from across France. Introductions will be by Ronald R. Hoy, Merksamer Professor in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell. Space is limited. Copy and paste this address into your browser to register for tickets.
 ...expand entry

Monday, March 09, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Vacation in Antarctica

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting
Speaker: Suan Yong, Cayuga Bird Club member; nature enthusiast

Suan and two friends traveled to Antarctica in January 2013 for what they call “the most incredible vacation of a lifetime.” Suan will share photos and information about the last continent and the nature tourism industry that has made it more accessible than you might think.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy snacks and conversation 7:15–7:30 p.m. Cayuga Bird Club business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation to follow at approximately 8:00 p.m. Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full. Open to the public.
 ...expand entry

Monday, March 23, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Uphill Struggles: Of Cassowaries, Seeds, and Conservation

Seminar and book signing
Speaker: Dr. Andrew L. Mack, executive director, Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance

Cassowaries, the third largest species of bird, are the closest things living to dinosaurs. They are secretive denizens of the rugged island of New Guinea, the third largest remaining rainforest (after the Amazon and Congo Basins). Dr. Andrew Mack has spent years living deep in these forests, working with indigenous Pawai’ia trackers, undertaking the first field studies of cassowaries in New Guinea. He devoted considerable effort to the study of the droppings of these giant frugivores, more specifically the seeds within the droppings. Despite their reclusive nature, these birds play a keystone role in the overall rainforest ecology. Witnessing the demise of rainforests everywhere led Mack to shift from researcher to focusing on New Guinea conservation. He will speak about his adventures with cassowaries and discoveries deep in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea. His book, "Searching for PekPek: Cassowaries and Conservation in a New Guinea Rainforest," will be available for signing after the presentation.

Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full.

 ...expand entry

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.

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.

Note: The visitor center will close at noon on Saturday, March 7, due to a special event.

Holiday Hours

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.

An interactive online course in Bird Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry from the Lab of Ornithology is newly available
Birds of North America Online, ultimate source for bird info, join for $5/month
Shop for our Causes, your purchase supports our mission
Get delicious, Bird Friendly certified coffee from Birds and Beans.