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Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a member-supported unit of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which studies birds and other wildlife. It is housed in the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary. Approximately 250 scientists, professors, staff, and students work in a variety of programs devoted to the Lab's mission: interpreting and conserving the Earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Work at the Lab is supported primarily by its 75,000 members.

The Cornell Lab publishes books under the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, a quarterly publication, Living Bird magazine, and a monthly electronic newsletter. It manages numerous citizen science projects and websites, including the Webby Award-winning All About Birds.
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  • We learned through the gentleman tending the Wild Birds Unlimited Store inside the Cornell Lab that it was no long affilitated with Cornell . The owner of Wild Birds Unlimited is supporting it but it....  more
    We learned through the gentleman tending the Wild Birds Unlimited Store inside the Cornell Lab that it was no long affilitated with Cornell . The owner of Wild Birds Unlimited is supporting it but it....  more »
  • This is THE place to visit for birders. Although connected with Cornell, the facility is a nonprofit organization so not funded by Cornell. It is not on main campus so about a 20-30 minute drive... 
    This is THE place to visit for birders. Although connected with Cornell, the facility is a nonprofit organization so not funded by Cornell. It is not on main campus so about a 20-30 minute drive...  more »
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  • Easy walking trails but could be marked better. There are nap boards but they are a little confusing since the trails aren't marked. Besides that, they are well maintained and it's a beautiful area with multiple observation areas and bridges to go over the wetlands. Cool viewing area from inside the building, as well as some neat educational displays. Also inside the building, you can see where their YouTube Live is streaming the bird feeders.
  • On the heaviest snow day of the year so far, we attended a one-hour indoor guided tour of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Our guide was excellent as he explained the founding of the lab and also many of the paintings and murals. Many of the paintings tell a fascinating story of the painter (see photos and the description attached below). We then took a short hike through well marked trails and managed to see quite a few different birds despite the cold. Definitely recommended if you are visiting Ithaca.

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