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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 800 843 2473
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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A worthwhile place to visit.

The main building has a bird song laboratory where one can pull up bird songs and nice manicured trails. But, I would keep away during the black fly and mosquito times of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The main building has a bird song laboratory where one can pull up bird songs and nice manicured trails. But, I would keep away during the black fly and mosquito times of the years as the place is swampy.

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Allendale, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Even though we could barely spend 30 minutes there, it felt magical to be in the mecca for bird watchers! We will definitely be back to spend a day

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Rochester, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If watch, feed and or listen to birdsong this is the place for you. There is a woodland walk with a pond also available.

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Ithaca, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The location is perfect to look out into Sapsucker Woods with the provided binoculars and see many varieties of birds and wildlife. The staff is knowledgeable, the space amazing and every time you go there is an opportunity to learn something new. There is a lot of programming offered on the weekends including guided tours for birds.

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Ithaca, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is the best location in the country to learn all there is about birds and birdwatching. They have a lovely site with an observation area just adjacent to a lively pond filled with a lot of waterfowl and edge species. They have weekly lectures every Monday evening that are open to the public. These talks... More 

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Somerville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I visited with family the day after Christmas. Unfortunately the visitor center was not open. There are several trails of various lengths to choose from/ We chose a shorter one. We did see some birds, a muskrat or two and some ducks. We had an enjoyable walk.

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Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

New to the Ithaca area, we decided to check out the Ornithology lab and are so glad we did - as a result our bird feeders are now hung and quite active, I have the Cornell "Merlin Bird ID" app on my I Phone and we look forward to future visits!

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Sarasota, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a lovely place to walk. There are several trails - non of which take too long. It's a great place to enjoy being out on nature and to get some exercise. Very peaceful. Very well kept up. I was visiting the area w a friend and we wanted to be outside but didn't want something strenuous.

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New Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We thought there would be displays of live birds in a sanctuary within the building, but the only live birds you can see is on their close-circuit TV in the little book store which shows the birds at the outside feeders. There are cool books, etc., though.

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Islesboro, Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Several miles of beautiful trails through huge oaks and around ponds give many opportunities for reflections as well as bird-watching. Binoculars are available fort check-out.

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