22nd Annual

San Francisco Bay

Flyway FEstival

February 9-11, 2018

Dear Friend and Fan of the Flyway Festival:
December 7, 2017 
I’ve been thinking for a few months, that I would find my way to my new sit spot high above the Carquinez Strait and pen my annual Flyway Festival greeting. Yes, months. Time has a way of slipping away from me as I volunteer manage the Mare Island Preserve. Months, weeks, days, hours. I know I am not alone in just struggling to find a few moments to sit quietly and reflect. You share that challenge, too. Like every day, for me, morning fluttered away and the afternoon disappeared. But, tonight. Tonight, I finally felt I had no choice. 
Thoughts and feelings have been popping up and life’s journey took me back to my home town, yesterday. So, on this extra special night, because it is commemorates a disastrous moment in our nation’s history, I look out beyond the beautifully lit Carquinez Bridge to the top of Mt. Diablo where a beacon is lit once a year on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It flashes in the darkness a message of remembrance and of enduring hope. It reminds us to never forget those who lost their lives in that tragic event and all who would go on to perish in the horrific battles in the Pacific during WWII. 
That bright light reminds me of the countless stories I have learned first-hand from so many who served in WWII and from family members and friends. Some of the most vivid recollections of those times were retold to me by Lorene (Lorrie) Palmer Seward. She was born in Vallejo in 1930 and for the past ten years she has so very generously shared stories with me of her life living on Mare Island before during and after WWII. From 1924 to 1957 her father Henry Palmer, was the Quarterman for Hydraulics at the Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot where our Mare Island Preserve is located. I met Lorrie in the summer of 2007 shortly after the 150th anniversary of the Naval Ammunition Depot. This fall, the day after her 87th Thanksgiving and in the 160th year of the Ammunition Depot, Lorrie passed away in Sonoma. I had visited her in her home every few weeks for many years. click to continue



Gathering in the light together

Join us for our 22nd annual celebration of the migration through San Francisco Bay of more than 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and other wildlife at the peak of migration. February 9-11, 2018




Please make your donation to the Flyway Festival payable to:

Mare Island Heritage Trust

816 Branciforte St.

Vallejo, CA 94590

Click on the Donate button above or give at the Flyway Festival Wildlife Expo

Photo: upper left: white-tailed kite, Berkley Marina, Rosemary Rawcliffe. Photos above and right: Bill George, sparrow with holiday lights and lightning rod perch, Mare Island Preserve; Holiday lighted star with Faith and her dad, Mare Island Preserve, Zabrina Deng. Photo right center: Cooper’s hawk, Rita LeRoy; Photo lower right: Blue Gum eucalyptus blossom, Mare Island Preserve: Myrna Hayes

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention.

So, go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

L. R. Knost

Click here for the 2018 Flyway Festival Schedule

current as of  2/6/18