The Cornell Lab in fall by Dimitri Ponirakis

Visit Us

Our Visitor Center is filled with science exhibits and artwork, nestled within a 230-acre sanctuary with 4 miles of trails for exploring.

Visitor Center currently closed in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Trails open dawn to dusk.
No dogs or bicycles, please.

Admission: Free

For groups of 10 or more, please
Make a group reservation

Seminar Series

Join us at the Lab or watch online
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Migration Celebration 2020

Join Us Online September 14–26

Migration Celebration is taking place virtually right now with special live online events, including articles and activities. Cornell Lab migration specialists will give online talks and there are a variety of family-friendly activities so the whole family can get involved. Find out more and join us!

Visitor Center Closed

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and following recommendations from Cornell University, we have closed the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center and canceled programs and events indefinitely. We understand these closures can be disruptive and inconvenient, but we are dedicated to preserving the health of our community. The outdoor trails remain open to the public, and the Cornell Lab will continue to offer access to Merlin, eBird, Bird Academy, All About Birds, as well as this compilation of resources, ideas, and activities that you may find helpful.

Read a short message from our director about COVID-19.

Plan Your Visit Watch birds. Take a stroll. Listen to the woods.

Enjoy our art and science exhibits; watch birds rain or shine; and explore 4 miles of trails through our 230-acre sanctuary.

What’s Happening Today at the Cornell Lab

Click play to watch a live feed of birds in our feeder garden.

Recent Bird Sightings

Check eBird reports

In Our Auditorium

365 Feathers Project, by NV Illustration.

Events for week of September 20, 2020

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Webinar: Mapping Migration with eBird

September 22 at 1:00 pm1:30 pm
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Webinar: Media that Matters

September 25 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sat 26th

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How to Get Here


Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

1-800-843-BIRD (2473)
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Public Transportation:

Bus: TCAT Route 41 stops at the Hanshaw–Sapsucker Woods Rd intersection. Service to the Cornell Lab is available on demand. Details.

Campus shuttle:

Free shuttle runs 4 times daily between Cornell Lab and Cornell University, Mon–Fri, during the fall and spring semesters. Details.


Visitor Center is handicapped accessible; wheelchairs are available. Wheelchairs are not recommended on the nature trails.

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