24th Annual

San Francisco Bay

Flyway FEstival

February 8-10, 2019


Dear Friend and Fan of the Flyway Festival:
Here we are at the New Year in 2019. How did that happen? How did this blustery and tumultuous and incredibly tragic year flutter by so quickly? If you are like me, you are feeling the need for a great deal more time in your life to just digest, reflect on and navigate this time in our individual and collective lives. 
Where do you turn for that contemplative time? Do you find yourself irresistibly drawn to social media? Just sneaking a few minutes to converse with and share with friends and family? To see what they are up to, offer some support, resend a joke, or a particularly moving article on a topic you love? Do you, like me, find that almost out of necessity, you feel compelled to share with others the majesty and thrill of what you are drawn to in nature? Almost as an antidote to the pain and confusion of what feels like an assault from all sides on what we love of nature, wildlife, wilderness and the whole human race! 
More and more, I feel some compulsion to share too, on social media, my sorrow. My pain. My loss. And, when the thinkable, but seemingly not possible happened again this Fall, that my own home town of Paradise was destroyed by a firestorm that reached temperatures greater than 2,000 degrees, yet spared the three Halloween pumpkins of my parents’ tenants, just a year after the firestorm that destroyed homes of those we know and love in the Northern Bay Area, and threatened to erase all life form as we understand and experience it, I just went numb. click to continue


our places of rest and refuge

Join us for our 24th 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 8-10, 2019

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: red-tailed hawk, Rita LeRoy. Photos above and right: Bill George, Our largest osprey family ever on San Francisco Bay, Summer 2018, young great egrets and turkey vulture and red-shouldered hawk lightning rod perches, Mare Island Preserve; Lower photo right: bird viewing with Field Guide Marcia Grefsrud, Mare Island Preserve.




come in out of the rain...Our Flyway Festival is held at the peak of migration and that means the dead of winter in San Francisco Bay. So, rest assured, our Festival will take place rain or shine! Only heavy rain cancels an outing. Come inside to our heated tent this year for Presentations and our Wildlife Expo Hall adjacent. There’s hot coffee and soup, too.