Features of the Wilson Trail at Sapsucker Woods

Explore the forest, pond, and wetland habitats along our most popular trail

Features of the Wilson Trail at Sapsucker Woods

Ithaca, New York 14882, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tour Information

Featured stops include forest architecture, bird habitats, and an active beaver lodge. Each component of the ecosystem contributes to the health and livelihood of the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary and provides a unique home for a variety of birds in the region.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Sapsucker Woods is the sanctuary that surrounds the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). With the arrival and settlement of Europeans in 178... Read more
The small islands with both live trees and snags make great habitat for birds of all sorts. Canada Geese and ducks nest on the islands and shorelines. While the trees are prime perching spots for songbirds which can keep an eye on the open... Read more
As you take a stroll down the Podell Boardwalk, keep an eye out for birds! Small holes along tree trunks are a distinct sign of woodpeckers looking for insects. There are six species of woodpeckers found here, including: Downy Woodpecker,... Read more
As you make your way through the forest, you might also spot nearly perfect rows of trees. Neither man-made nor intended, this design occurs when a tree falls down and begins to decompose. Seeds from other trees and plants fill the decompos... Read more
Prop roots are a fascinating natural phenomenon. If you look toward the base of this black birch tree trunk, you’ll notice that the trunk is not connected to the ground. The intertwining prop roots lift the tree above the surface of the ... Read more
The Sherwood Platform is the perfect spot to get a different perspective of the pond and a close up view of active waterfowl. Pond bubblers near the building pump air from below the surface to attract waterfowl and prevent the freezing of w... Read more
The stumps on the islands and shoreline display signs of beavers chewing. Beavers play a critical role in Sapsucker Woods’ ecosystem. When they fell trees, the fresh stumps stimulate plant growth and promote new tree shoots. Their cleari... Read more
Please check out other tours and stop into our Visitor Center. Learn more about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology!


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