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Join us for our 25th 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 7-9, 2020




showcase of Bay Area birds from migrating songbirds, to osprey, resident and migratory hawks, turkey vultures and owls, nesting great blue herons and great egrets and endless combos of nature, cultural landscape and history and resplendent scenic vistas of the Bay Area. The Preserve is also the gateway through which our escorted birding and history walks reach the Navy’s Historic Southshore open to the public up until now, only 6 days a year during our festivals. With no revenue generated from the Preserve’s trailhead donations and camping since early Fall, trying to put on a Festival costing more than $10,000 seemed pretty much impossible.

Yet, following our announcement of the cancellation of the Flyway Festival, we and you continued to mourn the loss of our annual gathering headquartered on Mare Island with outings scheduled throughout the region. So, after our cancelation announcement, we did not give up. Through the rest of the Fall and well into this Winter, we have worked to make the pieces fit together on Mare Island. While the City Council sounded very positive in mid December, no matter what we did, we were thwarted at every turn, by senior City staff, the Nimitz Group and even the Mayor, who said there was just nothing he could do. By this past Tuesday afternoon, we received “absolutely not” letters and phone calls from all parties.

Still, we would not give up! Late Tuesday evening, just before Council meetings in American Canyon and Benicia, we reached out to leaders in these communities for support. The Mayor of Benicia and her team, who wanted badly to support us, had no venues on such short notice. Within minutes following the American Canyon City Council meeting, we had received an immediate offer of a facility. And, we researched a little around Vallejo. With a few phone calls and site visits, we located the Vallejo Veterans Memorial Hall. The hustle paid off! The good news: WE WILL HOLD OUR 25TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO BAY FLYWAY FESTIVAL!

It’s coming right up on our traditional 2nd weekend in February. Plan to attend regional and Mare Island outings Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as usual. Friday, February 7, 2020 join us for our traditional opening reception in the evening from 5-9pm around a splendid old bar at the Veterans Hall. You’re going to like the Hall, a lot. After decades of questionable power, freezing cold winds blowing through old barns and porta potties, you will agree that we deserve this upgrade with glistening bathrooms and glowingly polished floors and heat. Yes!

Return to the Veterans Hall just off the I-80, for a one day, Saturday, February 8, ONLY, Wildlife Expo Exhibit with many of our traditional Flyway Festival attractions. It’ll be different; life sure can be convoluted. Still, it will be good, won’t it, to come together for our migration celebration once, again. click to continue

Please make your donation to the Flyway Festival payable to:

Mare Island

Heritage Trust

816 Branciforte St.

Vallejo, CA 94590

Donate online  or give at the Flyway Festival Wildlife Expo

Photos: San Pablo Bay and Mt. Tam, Myrna Hayes; BFF and pup, Mare Island Preserve; Cooper’s hawk, Rita LeRoy; Black phoebe on lighting rod, Mare Island Preserve, Bill George.



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