Help keep the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary open.
  • Petitioning Sean Walter/Robert F Kozakiewicz

This petition will be delivered to:

Riverhead Town Supervisor, 631-727-3200 Ext 251 and Riverhead Town Attorney, 631-727-3200 Ext 216
Sean Walter/Robert F Kozakiewicz

Help keep the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary open.

    1. donna desousa
    2. Petition by

      donna desousa

      Greenlawn, NY

Long Island gets hummingbirds throughout the summer, but not many. The ones we do get flock to the beautiful Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary. 

The Sanctuary, maintained and owned by Paul Adams, Professor of Neuroscience at Stony Brook University, is landscaped with wonderful flowers and trees that the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds (and other pollinators) need to survive. 

Historically, the Sanctuary has been open to a limited number of visitors, with signed waivers during the month of August

Sadly, the Town of Riverhead and the Sanctuary's neighbors want it closed down to the public for good. Six of the Sanctuary's neighbors issued a Summons and Complaint demanding that the Hummingbird Sanctuary be closed and that it pay $3 million in compensation for their suffering the existence of the Sanctuary. Immediately following the initation of the lawsuit, The Town of Riverhead served the Sanctuary with a Code violation that stated "Operation of a Humming Bird Sanctuary (open to the public by appointment or otherwise) is a prohibited use". 

I think we can all agree that it would be a terrible shame to close the Sanctuary to the public. On an Island that is increasingly overdeveloped, this Sanctuary offers solace to many and a wonderful place to connect with nature and hummingbirds.

WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP SAVE THE SANCTUARY! In addition to signing and sharing our petition, please call Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter at (631) 727-3200, ext 251 or Riverhead Town Attorney Robert F. Kozakiewicz at (631) 727-3200, ext 216 and ask them to answer the following questions:

(1) Why the Notice of Violation was issued?

(2) Why they issued a Notice based solely on neighbors complaining?

(3) Will they formally retract the Violation Notice?


Sean Walter/Robert F Kozakiewicz, Riverhead Town Supervisor, 631-727-3200 Ext 251 and Riverhead Town Attorney, 631-727-3200 Ext 216
Please help keep the Baiting Hollow Sanctuary open as it has been for 17 Augusts. Please provide a formal withdrawal of the Notice of Violation, in the form of a letter to Paul Adams, owner of The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jessie Schneider COLOMA, MI
      • 4 days ago

      I believe the, Baiting Hollow Hummingbirds Sanctuary,should stay open. Hummingbirds,came back,year after year,their babies come back,each year.

      I know if you have the kind flowers,that Hummingbirds love,they will go there more,than sugar water. They also love certain,kind of tree's,to nest in,and often,come back,to that area,to nest again. Please.keep this place open,Hummingbirds,are getting fewer. Because,there areas, they come back too,are getting smaller,and smaller. Thank You

    • Susan Zawyrucha ISLIP, NY
      • 4 days ago

      This is a little bit of heaven on earth. The people who visit are shown what a reward it is to respect nature. The owner of the property went out of his way not to disturb the neighbors and spent time sharing his love of hummingbirds. It is a special place, and I sincerely hope people will not be denied the opportunity to experience it.

    • Debbie Sorensen ALBRIGHTSVILLE, PA
      • 5 days ago

      This should be kept open to the public. As an ex Long Islander, I have great memories of this sanctuary. I believe it was partially why I became a backyard bird watcher as well as becoming the VP for the LI Daylily Society, on the board of directors for the Tri State Hosta society, a member of The American Hemoocallis Society, The American Hosta Society, The American Iris Society, The American Rose Society, and the American Hosta Society. There are not enough places like this and those that ARE here, should be kept open to the public at all cost.

    • Laura Steier ROCKY POINT, NY
      • 5 days ago

      Long Island is a vital habitat for many wildlife--including the hummingbird. This sanctuary is vital to the health of this spectacular bird.

      I respectfully request a formal withdrawal of the Notice of Violation and the Town of Riverhead's help in solving what is essentially a NIBY issue. All of Long Island, especially the Town of Riverhead, benefits from the health and protection of our wildlife.

    • Diane Phillips ACWORTH,, GA
      • 5 days ago

      I have lived on Long Island in the past. I enjoy the Sanctuary via Facebook all the time. Please protect this beautiful tiny birds.


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