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Sapsucker Woods

Ithaca, Tompkins County

A great blue heron and people watching wildlife

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Perhaps you'll see the yellow-bellied sapsucker among the more than 225 bird species recorded in these famous woods on the grounds of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Upland hardwood forest
  • Pond
  • Wetlands

Recreational Opportunities

Visitor center with indoor bird observation areas, displays, lectures, interpretive programs, extensive print and audio nature library
More than four miles of trails, boardwalks, two observation platforms.


220 acres


See Google Maps for step by step directions to Sapsucker Woods. (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold Shift down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact information

Address: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone: 1-800-843-2473
Website: Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Sapsucker Woods (This link leaves the DEC website)

Photo Credits: John Razzano, David Chu, Diane Tessaglia-Hymes