The sanctuary will be open next year's season as well, but will then close permanently, at least under present ownership. Details to follow.
As my most faithful readers know, one of my favorite places on Long Island, other than the hummingbird sanctuary, is Avalon, near our home in Stony Brook. I was birding there with my son Jamie (visiting from North Carolina), and the flowers (unlike the birds) were spectacular. I've vainly tried to persuade the Riverhead Open Space committee, who manage the Sound Ave Preserve, which lies at the start of the road that leads to the hummingbird sanctuary, that they should at least take a look at Avalon. The key is simply to mow the once-open fields once a year, in the winter, to keep out all the invasive shrubs and trees; the paths should also simply be mowed, rather than being covered in coarse twiggy mulch - much easier to walk.
Here are some clips from our visit this morning.