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.

Special Note:

The Visitor Center will be closing at 3:30 p.m. on October 21 for a special event.


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 have questions, please contact Anne Rosenberg at baj3@cornell.edu  or call 607-254-2109.

Featured Events

Bird Walks
Mundinger Lecture

Paul C. Mundinger Distinguished Lectureship

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 5:00 PM

Where: B25 Warren Hall, Cornell University

Speaker: Gail Patricelli, Evolution & Ecology, University of California, Davis

Title: Robots, Telemetry, and the Sex Lives of Wild Birds: Using Technology to Understand and Protect an Enigmatic Bird

Description: Animals use a dizzying array of sounds, smells, colors, dances, electrical fields, and seismic vibrations to convince each other to mate. Gail Patricelli will talk about using robotic female birds and other technology to study courtship behaviors in the Greater Sage-Grouse, and how such research informs conservation of this iconic North American bird and its habitat.

This lectureship was established in honor of the late Paul Mundinger, who received his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from Cornell.

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