The Baiting Hollow Sanctuary

19 Oct

 The Baiting Hollow Sanctuary is a very special, unique place.

It is a private sanctuary located in Long Island, New York. Professor Paul Adams of Stony Brook University created it on his own private property.

The sanctuary is free to visit but only open during the month of August and strictly by appointment.

If you’re interested in visiting, be sure to read details here.

I’ve only visited once, on the last day of August.

I felt very appreciative and privileged to sit in these chairs and drink in the scenery while wild hummingbirds zipped around me.  

Until I read Paul Adam’s blog, I didn’t think it was possible to see hummingbirds in my urban area. His plant list helped me build my own successful hummingbird garden. Even a container garden will do if you don’t have land.

The fragrance from these large butterfly bushes is incredibly pleasant, probably my all-time favorite scent.

Unfortunately, helicopters and other low-flying aircraft interrupted the peace at times and unnecessarily too:

There are plenty of intimate alcoves to enjoy an otherwise delightful atmosphere.

I’d never seen Albizia Julibrissin trees in person before. These trees are stunningly beautiful with their fluffy nectar-filled flowers. The hummingbirds sure liked them too.

Campsis Radicans is a fast growing vine with lovely trumpet-like flowers.

humI wasn’t really able to catch photographs of hummingbirds with my camera but here is a video still:



Here is another short video:

A new plant for me to try growing and overwintering, Porterweed:

Hopefully next year I’ll be able to visit again and donate some nice hummingbird plants too.  Mr. Adams does not accept monetary donations but bringing a plant or two is most welcome.  


Please check out this link for additional information and learn about the history and present obstacles the sanctuary is facing. Natural spaces like this are dwindling and becoming rarer and rarer. I hope The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary will survive for generations of hummingbirds and people to come.


Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Gardening, Hummingbirds



3 responses to “The Baiting Hollow Sanctuary

  1. Margaret

    October 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful photos and text. Love your eye for detail in nature. Was surprised to see Albizia julibrissin growing in New York!


  2. Mary Gilmartin

    October 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    What a great place. I love everything about the outdoors.



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