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.



Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Visitor Center Hours

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

Closed Thanksgiving Day and the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours may change due to special events.

The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is open daily, dawn to dusk. No dogs or bicycles please.

Admission is free. We appreciate donations and member support to help grow and develop Visitor Center experiences.

Welcome to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You'll find us nestled in Sapsucker Woods just outside Ithaca, New York. We invite you to visit and discover all that our Visitor Center has to offer here at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity.

While you're here, try a guided tour using the PocketSights mobile app.


Visitor Center Volunteers: If you love birds and are at least 18 years old, you can become a Visitor Center volunteer. Volunteers help with youth education programs, lead guided tours, assist outreach efforts, and more. You also receive discounts on membership and program fees, free training, and frequent learning opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Rosenberg at baj3@cornell.edu  or call 607-254-2109.


Note: The Visitor Center will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, to accommodate a special event.

Featured Events

Bird Walks
Bird Research & Radar

Monday Night Seminar

When: June 4, 7:30 p.m., Cornell Lab auditorium

Speakers: Kyle Horton, Adriaan Dokter, and Cecilia Nilsson, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellows

Title: Dark ecology: studying night-time bird migration with weather radar

Description:Combining data from weather radar stations with the observations of citizen scientists has opened a new window on the twice-yearly phenomenon of bird migration. Researchers at the Cornell Lab are at the forefront of this burgeoning new field. Three distinguished Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellows will reveal how they are unlocking the secrets of bird migration and answering such questions as: which nights will migratory birds be travelling in great numbers; what directions will they be headed; and which species are likely to be part of the massive stream passing by overhead?

This talk is also being live streamed.

Exploration Stations

Every Friday and Saturday from 10am-noon (plus some school holidays)

May 18 and 19

May 27 and 27

June 1 and 2

Take a Lab Tour

Take a tour or trail walk with us! Behind the scenes building tours and guided bird walks take place throughout the week. Click here for more information

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