Open every day from dawn until dusk, the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is a birder’s paradise. In addition to being home to the world-famous Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the 230-acre sanctuary offers over 4-miles of walking trails and a multitude of overlooks and boardwalks to view wildlife. Explore Sapsucker Woods in any season for rich sights from the meandering Fall Creek to the old pine forests, hike or snowshoe the scenic trails, or take in even more of the scenery with a guided bird tour from the experts at Cornell. Over 200 recorded species of birds, as well as deer, fox, red squirrels, and other wildlife make their homes within the forests, ponds, and ferny swamps of the sanctuary.
To visit Sapsucker Woods or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, head North on Route 13 out of downtown Ithaca, and turn right onto Sapsucker Woods Road. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, offers visitor parking with easy access to trailheads and a walkway to the Johnson Visitor Center. For more information about Sapsucker Woods, to join a bird walk, pick up a species checklist, trail maps, wildlife guides, or to borrow a pair of binoculars, stop by the Visitor Center during guest hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, when holidays and special events do not apply. Otherwise, call 1-800-843-BIRD (1-800-843-2473), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology online anytime. Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is located in Tompkins County.
Palm Warbler. Photo: Laura Kammermeier