So to live just hours from Cornell University, and their Lab of Ornithology, many of my classmates and I really wanted to check it out. Also, many of us are currently in SUNY Cobleskill’s spring offered Ornithology course, so birds are really on our minds. We’re tested weekly on sight identification and aural song identification of a given list of birds, which changes every week. By the end, we’ll have hopefully successfully committed to memory just around 150 birds!
Inside the CLO it’s kind of like a visitor’s/nature center. There are a few interpretive displays, taxidermied mounts of various birds, art work, an auditorium where various presentations are held, and my favorite part- the wall of windows.
IMMEDIATELY upon leaving the building, this Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) flew right over the top of me and landed in a tree. It was the closest I’ve ever been to one!