26th Annual

San Francisco Bay

Flyway FEstival

February 5-7, 2021

 


JOIN JOIN WITH US FOR OUR 2021 “VIRTUAL”  SAN FRANCISCO BAY FLYWAY FESTIVAL BY GOING TO THE VIRTUAL SAN FRANCISCO BAY FLYWAY FESTIVAL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/249115090062583/?ref=share


 
 
January 15, 2021
Dear Flyway Festival Friends and Fans,
Around the Virtual Mare Island Preserve campfire
Life is. Life is surreal. Life is you and me, together in a bond of wildness. We touch and are touched by each other and everything and everyone around us. This time of year, we turn to the skies above and the waters that surround, and watch intently, on the lands we traverse. It’s migration season, that tradition we have converged with since we ourselves, first began to move across the lands. At this time of year, we seek a communion with the super natural, extra terrestrial. With some place and some one outside of our small circle. We crave the awe. The unexplainable. The mysterious. The magic. And, no more than, now in this bizarre time of Covid19. 
This morning, I had thought I would go to the Mare Island Preserve, where I have penned these annual welcoming notes to you for more than a dozen years. Yet, this morning, the campfire I have set up in the Preserve’s firepit, now in our Preserve refugee camp at my home, beckoned me. So, I lit the fire and pulled up my comfy camp chair with laptop and a big old-time green Stanley thermos of Moschetti coffee and thought, “stay at home” orders…”I can do this.” 
Tending the fire, listening to the dear neighbor man a little tipsy, yell profanities, and a few more sirens than would have been heard at the Preserve, yet, Nitro is close by and the birds stil chirp and flit in the tree branches. The squirrels still scurry. The clouds stretch across the skies. The 100-year old fan palms next door, still wave their weather reports. click to continue
 

 
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wilderness – wild near us

Join us for our 26th 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 5-7, 2021

Please make your donation to the Flyway Festival payable to:

Mare Island

Heritage Trust

816 Branciforte St.

Vallejo, CA 94590

Donate online

Photo: upper left: scaup waterfowl, Rita LeRoy. Photos above and right: Bill George, Our largest osprey family ever on San Francisco Bay, Summer 2018, young great egrets, Mare Island Preserve, Bill George; cedar waxwings in Vallejo Garden, Marcia Grefsrud, sunset over Mare Island Preserve visitor center, Myrna Hayes, Lower photo right: bird viewing with Field Guide Marcia Grefsrud, Mare Island Preserve.


FESTIVAL HOST

 

 

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! The 2021 Virtual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival February 5, 6 and 7 2021 includes live airings on Facebook Live and Zoom of guided bird watching field trips on and off Mare Island, a boat ride, Nature and History Presentations and history tours of Mare Island. Sunday at 1pm Norcalbats will show their bats live. The schedule will be posted Thursday, February 4, 2021 and throughout the weekend. To join in on the 2021 virtual Flyway Festival, go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/249115090062583/?ref=share


2021 FLYWAY FESTIVAL HOST SPONSORS

Sierra Club

redwood chapter