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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

Spring into Summer, Summer into Fall and now Fall has become Winter. My heart is full, although the raucous joyful jabber of summer nesting is replaced with a stillness and silence. A palpable peace, as shorebirds feed in the distant marshes and waterfowl stealth, dive and loaf on the waters of my cherished San Francisco and San Pablo Bays and Napa River and the Mare Island and Carquinez Straits.

Their retreats, their places of rest and refuge on their annual migrations, are places we too are drawn to, aren’t we? Where do you go for your retreat? To restore? To replenish? During this season and in this time in our lives? Care to share that special place with others who share your passion for all things wild? I sincerely hope so. You attend our annual migration celebration because you are so eager to visit a cherished place, a wild spot, a nearby wilderness. Each migration season, we long for a reason and a purpose to return to our own true wild. We want guides to take us to places where the unknowable that inexplicably, yet, most assuredly, brings us intense joy, delight, pleasure and peace.

I thank you for caring for and sharing together with others the wild beings in our beautiful Bay Area backyard. I thank you for your eagerness to join with me and so many other Flyway Festival enthusiasts for another year of guided outings and hikes, presentations, exhibits, art shows, children’s education and bird-watching equipment and art, for sale. 

Our 24th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival takes place Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 2019. That’s not far off, so I hope to hear back from you very, very soon.

Will you join us this year as a Flyway Festival exhibitor whether you are a vendor or a non-profit organization or agency? Will you support the Flyway Festival with your donations of cash and auction/raffle items? Will you tell your friends, co-workers and family about the Flyway Festival? Will you volunteer?

Call/text or email either Sarah 510-579-1008[] or me 707-249-9633 [] with questions and suggestions. Whatever way you can, please help us ensure our 24th Annual Flyway Festival is a great event. We are most grateful.


Myrna Hayes

Festival Director and Co-founder

Mare Island Heritage Trust



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

Photos: Upper, Old Sperry Mill, background, Myrna Hayes, above right lightning rod at Building A-167, Myrna Hayes, American kestrel, Bill George, palm sister, Myrna Hayes, Sparrow in olive, Bill George, all, Mare Island Preserve.

Photo above, Myrna Hayes, Festival Director and Co-founder with Nitro, Robyn Agee

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


So, go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.

The broken world

waits in darkness

for the light that

is you.

L. R. Knost