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

    • Joan Hackal RIVERHEAD, NY
      • 10 days ago

      Because I love hummingbirds. I have hummingbird pics & wind chimes all over my house. They need a sanctuary & I hope they can keep it

    • James Fennell OCALA, FL
      • 10 days ago

      It is the right thing to do retracting the notice of violation & RHD taking care of more important town business. This is pure BS.

    • Rebecca Roberts GOLDEN, MS
      • 10 days ago

      It is important to me because it's their world too. It is very important to preserve habitat and to educate others regarding environmental issues.

    • Sandra Beck PORTLAND, ME
      • about 1 month ago

      I LOVE Hummingbirds!

    • Natalie Phagu OZONE PARK, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I'm signing because Dr. Adams is a wonderful professor and I've heard so much about his sanctuary from people who have visited and I hope it stays open so I can also visit.


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