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					13th Annual

San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
a project of Arc Ecology

Friday-Sunday, February 6-8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2009
CONTACT: Myrna Hayes, Festival Coordinator PH: 707.557.9816 CELL: 707-249-9633 EM: myrnahay@pacbell.net http://www.sfbayflywayfestival.com

13th Annual Flyway Festival Celebrates Return of Millions of Migrating Birds to San Francisco Bay Area
Unique 3-day birding and wildlife festival at Mare Island draws an estimated 6,000 people each year. [VALLEJO], CA – Both birds and people will be flocking to Mare Island in Vallejo to celebrate what has become a special annual ritual each winter: the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. The 3-day event celebrates the return of over one million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and even monarch butterflies, which migrate through or winter in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year the Festival will be held Friday, Feb. 6th through Sunday, February 8th in Building 897 on Mare Island. Admission is free. Festival-goers will be able to choose from hundreds of fun activities, including a Family Wildlife Exploration and Birding Expo, guided nature walks including beginning birding outings for families and for adults, boat tours, birding and wild bird demonstrations, and art and photography exhibits and workshops. The event is planned to include more than 60 regional outings throughout the Bay Area. Event plans include: morning and evening boat tours of the Napa Marsh from Kennedy Park daily; a tour of a sustainable vineyard in Carneros Napa County; naturalist led birding in American Canyon wetlands; a guided birdwatching trip in Bahia in eastern Marin County; a morning Tidal Wetlands walk at Port Sonoma and an afternoon Sears Point Cougar Mountain walk in Southern Sonoma County; daily outings to Hudeman Slough in Sonoma County, a north bay premiere hawk and waterbird viewing property; daily docent guided 2-mile birdwatching walk at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma; a local birding expert led raptor birdwalk in the Suisun Marsh; a docent led tour of Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Contra Costa County; and a trek to discover animal tracks at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso in the South Bay. More than a dozen guided hikes and outings are offered on Mare Island, along with a self-guided wetland walk to the Bay and a self-guided 2-mile walk to the hilltop scenic vista point where 7 Bay Area counties can be seen on a clear day. For the second year American Volkswalk Association sanctioned 5k and 10k walks will follow a route along wetland trails and through the historic and new neighborhoods of the former U.S. Navy shipyard founded in 1854. Outings will include guided tours of the U.S. Navy’s oldest installation in the Pacific, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Sierra Club guided walks to the Navy’s first ammunition depot in the Pacific founded in 1857. Located on the Island’s southern tip, the Ammunition Depot and the Naval Cemetery are part of the 215-acre Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve. The first 100 acres of this newest of the north bay’s regional parks is open during the Flyway Festival and on the second Saturday of every month (www.mareislandpreserve.org) . St. Peter’s Chapel, home to the most Tiffany stained-glass windows in a single site in the West, will be open for tours during the weekend, as will the Mare Island Museum. New this year will be daily tours of the restored last remaining WWII Landing Craft Support Gunboat, the USS LCS(L) 102 “Mighty Midget” docked at Berth 6, the historic WWII PO Box 1573, Vallejo, CA 94590 • sfbayflywayfestival.com • 707-557-9816 • 707-649-WING (9464)

13th Annual

San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
a project of Arc Ecology

Friday-Sunday, February 6-8, 2009

submarine berth at Mare Island. A free introductory Night Photography workshop on Mare Island will be offered by Tim Baskerville, Founder/Director of The Nocturnes, and the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival on Saturday evening. Wildbird Shows, Puppet Theater, Sing-along and Guided Birding Outings for Families Returning to the Wildbird Show Theater hosted by Swarovski Optik will be Martinez-based Native Bird Connections’ wild raptor show entitled “The Wonder of Raptors” on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. Live animals will visit from the Suisun Marsh Natural History Center and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum located in Walnut Creek. The San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge will present a puppet theater entitled “Salty’s Search for Habitat” with an opportunity for kids to make a finger puppet and sing “Mucky Marsh Fun Music”. Napa-Solano Audubon Society members guide beginning birding outings for families with young children. New this year members of the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society will provide information on building and installing wild bee houses to encourage native bees to take up residence in backyard gardens to pollinate flowers. Flyway Festival is Dedicated to Bob Wisecarver and a Dog Named Dot Each year we honor an individual whose work has helped us further our mission. This year, the Flyway Festival is dedicated to Bob Wisecarver, a resident of Walnut Creek who passed away in May 2008. Bob gave a slide show at the first Flyway Festival about his work to protect bats and enhance their habitat throughout northern California. He set up an educational booth at the Festival about bats and habitat restoration every year until his failing health kept him from being present at last year’s Festival. His enthusiasm for the San Francisco Bay Area’s natural lands and waterways is legendary. He founded the Diablo Valley Fly Fishing Club and pioneered fly fishing in the Bay itself. The City of Walnut Creek named a quail habitat Bob spearheaded the restoration of in his honor. Festival exhibitors and visitors alike will not soon forget the man with the battery-powered bat flying in a wide arc from his booth! See attached photo. Those who attended the Flyway Festival for the past few years were greeted by the Festival dog ambassador named Dot. The constant companion of Festival Cofounder and Coordinator Myrna Hayes for the past 6 and ½ years, she died of a rare immune disorder in December. She helped to open the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve to the public in April of 2008. She too will be missed by Festival volunteers, exhibitors and guests. Flyway Festival Art Exhibition and North Bay Plein Air Paintout Photographers and painters of all ages and skills will be exhibiting original work that depicts local wildlife, wetlands, marshes, and native habitats from San Francisco Bay to the ridgetops of Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo. Returning to the fine art show this year, The North Bay Plein Air Paintout will showcase the work of local plein air artists who will enter artwork completed in the few weeks of 2009. Most Festival activities are free. Some require pre-registration. Visit the Flyway Festival website at sfbayflywayfestival.com for a complete detailed list of 2009 activities. For more information and directions, call 707-649-WING (9464) or visit sfbayflywayfestival.com. ### Digital photos available prior to and during the event. Call Myrna Hayes at 707-557-9816, 707-2499633 (cell) or e-mail myrnahay@pacbell.net

PO Box 1573, Vallejo, CA 94590 • sfbayflywayfestival.com • 707-557-9816 • 707-649-WING (9464)


				
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