Art at the Cornell Lab

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.

Fuertes Wood Ducks

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online Catalog of Bird and Wildlife Art

View the catalog

(Note: To view the catalog, you will need to disable the pop-up blocker feature in your web browser. PC users may hold down the control key while launching the catalog. Other users can go to the web preferences on the toolbar and select the option to allow pop-up windows.)

About the Catalog

The catalog includes more than two centuries of work in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s art collection. Images in the public domain can be enlarged for viewing at a larger size. When using the catalog,

  • Search for a bird species by clicking on “search” and selecting “by keywords.” (If you know the exact full common name, you can search “by common name.”)
  • To view all the images that are in the public domain, click on “group,” then “open group,” then “Public Domain 2008.”
  • Search for an artist:

    Select “Search” and choose "By Artist" in the menu. Type the last name of the artist. Click on the name of the artist you want. Only the works of that artist will appear on the screen.

    Find information:

    To read the catalog information, select the work by clicking once on the thumbnail you want. The item will be outlined in white. Select the word “data” on the left side of the screen to see the information about that work.

    Return to “entire collection”

    If you selected a special group of images to view but would like to return to the entire collection, select “search,” then choose “show all” in the menu.

  • Copyrights and terms of use

About Our Collection

Tree Swallow by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s collection includes work by artists who strove to depict birds accurately through scientific observation and illustration, while also conveying the beauty and wonder of birds.

“I’ve never been able to disassociate painting from bird study,” said artist George Miksch Sutton. “It’s all the same thing.”

With more than 1,000 works of art, the collection includes extensive pieces by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, known as one of the finest bird portraitists in history. The collection also features work by John James Audubon, John Gould, and Alexander Wilson, as well as of recent artists, including Charley Harper, Robert Mengel, and Tony Angell.

Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to see selected works from the art collection and from invited artists.

Make a gift

Art is a gateway to the appreciation of birds and wildlife through thoughtful conservation and education. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is grateful to the many artists and friends who have contributed to this collection throughout the years.To make a gift to ensure the continued preservation of the art collection at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, please contact Scott Sutcliffe at (607) 254-2424 or

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