What To Do: Indoors

Watch birds, rain or shine. Our Visitor Center offers great views of Sapsucker Woods pond and a well-stocked feeder garden. Our observatory looks straight out onto the pond, with plenty of seating, binoculars, and spotting scopes available for watching all the activity in the surrounding trees, water, and sky.

Adelson Family Bird Discover Lab. What does it take to be a bird? Discover what is underneath these amazing animals. Listen to their songs, see through their superpowered eyes, learn how they take flight, and more with interactive exhibits.

Theater. Watch beautiful, high-definition videos from our Conservation Media program on a large screen in a dedicated room with comfortable seating.

Adelson Library. Located on the second floor, this is a library dedicated to books about birds, with a commanding view of the Sapsucker Woods pond and surrounding forest. More about Adelson Library.

Auditorium. Uncover the history of bird art with works dating back 200 years, and seeing the next generation of scientific illustrators that are part of the Lab’s Bartels Science Illustration Program and are keeping this legacy alive. Wander through the auditorium and see the galleries on each wall, and take a seat to learn some new skills.

Sound Ring sculpture. Maya Lin’s Sound Ring is an elegant oval of American walnut that stands taller than a person. From it emanate sounds that represent migration flyways, curated by Mark Menjívar. The Sound Ring is part of Lin’s sprawling memorial What Is Missing?, a moving tribute to the losses in nature that go on every day.

From So Simple a Beginning. Also called the Wall of Birds, this mural highlights the 350-million-year evolution of birds and highlights one member of each of 243 extant bird families. It’s the work of Jane Kim of Ink Dwell studio. You can also use our online interactive feature to explore the Wall of Birds in detail.

Wall of Silhouettes. This mural by James Prosek nods to the classic silhouettes in the endpapers of the first Peterson guides—but expands the range to include habitats and birds from across the world. The mural also pays notice to how distinctive and varied the world’s birds are, and how much about them can be revealed from a simple study of shape and posture.

Wild Birds Unlimited Store. Located in our Visitor Center, the store carries books, cards, sound recordings, Cornell Lab apparel, and gifts, as well as a wide variety of premium binoculars and spotting scopes.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker by Sasha Cahill / Macaulay Library