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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 18008432473
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Fantastic staff; wonderful exhibits; beautiful trails and pond

The Lab of Ornithology (fondly referred to as the Bird Lab) is a treasure. To begin with, you can borrow very high quality binoculars at the front desk. Do so, because the birds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
BarbaraK45
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Lab of Ornithology (fondly referred to as the Bird Lab) is a treasure. To begin with, you can borrow very high quality binoculars at the front desk. Do so, because the birds are phenomenal. In addition, there are also guided tours that you can sign up for; wonderful. If you don't feel like walking, you can sit inside the... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As backyard birders we got a kick out of this place. We've been to Bluebird symposiums in Ohio where one of the speakers worked at the Cornell lab of ornithology, so this was really full circle for us. We browsed inside at the different collections, especially admired the hummingbird one. Loved the artwork on the wall of the world geographical... More 

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I had more time here. I wish I had had the time to stay and watch the movies that were offered. As it were, we walked the boardwalk and saw a few birds and wildlife (chipmunks). We did not see as many birds as I would have liked. Perhaps it was too hot that day or cloudy, or?... More 

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LI, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had no idea just how much went on at Cornell in the biology / nature fields. Amazing collection of specimens beyond just birds. Knowledgable young tour guide and nice bird watching trails. Worth the trip if you love biology and nature.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

huge modern museum of birds; wonderful exhibits...set in a nice forested area away from campus; nice to hike or ski in during all parts of the year; there are always wonderful bird sightings around the ponds there and such...wonderful gift shop, too!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw the most birds at the feeders outside the main building, but no matter. The trails were very nice, flat, uncrowded. We saw frogs, turtles, and a snake, which was just as cool for us Coloradans. Inside, we played with the audio lab a little and saw the movie. Recommended it to family, who went to visit themselves a... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibits are limited but interesting...you can look through scopes at the pond and surrounding habitat and there's a well marked, flat, short trail that would be suited for anyone, young or old. A really pleasant way to enhance a natural experience.

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Reeders, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we came here we were excited to see the different birds. They had mini moves to show different exotic birds and a mimic simulator to mimic other birds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We enjoyed a restful afternoon walking in the shade through Sapsucker woods and the viewing window in the visitor center is spectacular.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The visitors center has two walls that show extinct birds and their location in the world painted by an excellent artist. It is open Monday through Sunday 10-4. It is free with chairs for viewing the lake with ducks of all kinds and includes a grand gift shop for bird lovers.

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