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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1923
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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I'm not sure what the public gets to see but we had a complete tour of the lab. It was fascinating to see all of the research done by the lab and we especially enjoyed seeing a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure what the public gets to see but we had a complete tour of the lab. It was fascinating to see all of the research done by the lab and we especially enjoyed seeing a small portion of the birds in the taxidermy and the audio collection.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea what I was heading towards. Once we were inside, I found out that this place was all about birds. The clerk was quite nice and she shared with us all that was available to us. What I didn’t know was that it was free! Wow! There was a whole wing dedicated to these birds. They had... More 

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Brooktondale, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big, beautiful expansive trails with abundant wildlife--during one particularly memorable trip, we came across a flock of wild turkeys just plopped down in the middle of the trail. The inside has some dead/stuffed animals, a gigantic mural depicting bird species from around the world, and a cute gift shop. Don't miss the feeders, too; they have a nice spot where... More 

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Dryden, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful walking trails through various habitat-marsh, pond, old and new growth forests. Well maintained. Lab facilities are filled with artwork, bird specimens, meeting space, library, sound lab, viewing areas complete with scopes. A real treasure for Ithaca.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

This member-supported unit of Cornell University is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. The 226-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary contains over 4 miles of public trails, with more than 200 species of birds. The visitor center, open 10am -4pm daily, has an observatory with a 30-foot wall of windows, seating, a fireplace, and spotting scopes. Some... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Lots of lovely walks, an impressive building stocked with exhibits, and tours galore make this Cornell facility a knockout at all times of the year. Little ones might be less impressed as the main building though quite amazing with soaring glass walls fronting a beautiful pond is more adult than child friendly.

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

We are pretty interested in birds and as we were passing through Ithaca had the Cornell Lab on our list of things to do. Very interesting building in a lovely setting. The bird murals inside are breath taking. I had expected more displays/more about the lab and or local birdlife, but it seems more of a research library. I also... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We stopped here for a few hours and are so glad we did. We took the very informative tour and also enjoyed wandering around on our own. Great little side trip if you're in the area!

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We went on the behind-the-scenes lab tour (11:30 am Saturdays) led by a knowledgeable senior in the ecology & evolutionary biology program. 'Stops' included the lab's incredible bird family mural, its specimen prep lab, and recent posters presented by Cornell students and faculty. The institute houses all vertebrate biology so we gleaned some interesting 'herp' facts too. Highly recommend!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

If you love birdwatching or just enjoy the outdoors, you will have a great time here. We had a really nice hike and saw a number of birds including woodpeckers, herons, blue jays, swallows, and a Baltimore Oriole! I would imagine we would have seen even more if we got there earlier. The actual Ornithology Lab is worth checking out... More 

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