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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
lab of ornithology

Come learn all about birds at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity at the Lab of Ornithology. Surrounded by a 220-acre wildlife sanctuary with four miles of walking trails, the Lab is a perfect place to immerse yourself in the world of birds. Inside the Visitor Center you can check out our bird feeder garden, Bartels Theater, Raven Sound Studio, and so much more. Take a listen to our Sound Ring, designed by Maya Lin, entitled "What is Missing?" to explore habitats and species that are threatened by extinction. Gaze up at our fantastic "Wall of Silhouettes" mural by James Prosek to learn how to identify birds by size and shape. Take in the breathtaking skill of Jane Kim as you admire our "From So Simple a Beginning" mural, depicting the evolutionary history of birds. In your spare time, shop at our Wild Birds Unlimited Store or check out some bird books in the Adelson Library. Shown at the top of each hour, make sure to catch our "Inside the Lab" movie screening. A brief, nine minute, introduction the Lab narrated by the director, John Fitzpatrick.

Visit our website birds.cornell.edu to find out more about our building tour and trail walk schedules led by Cornell students as well as other upcoming events. There has never been a better time to visit the Lab of Ornithology, so make your way over to Sapsucker Woods as soon as possible!

lab of ornithology


  • 10 am – 4 pm, daily
  • The Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


  • Free

Contact & Address

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
(607) 254-BIRD
(607) 254-2473

Event Calendar

Events for Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Sample Bird Sounds

White-throated Sparrow
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