FAIRFIELD — Birds are in the spotlight this weekend at the annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival on Mare Island in Vallejo.
The Flyway Festival is an array of hikes and outings at various locations in the region. The hub is Building 223 at 500 Connolly St. on Mare Island, where visitors can see the Family Wildlife Exploration and Birding Expo with more than 75 exhibitors and various programs.
The expo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
About 20 of the event’s 50 outings will be on Mare Island, some featuring wildlife and others Mare Island’s human history as a former naval shipyard. They include a self-guided San Pablo Bay Trail walk from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Other tours on Mare Island are guided. For example, a walking tour of the historic Mare Island Naval Shipyard will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and meets at Alden Park at 8th Street and Railroad Avenue. Tours of St. Peter’s Chapel, built in 1900 and known for its Tiffany glass, will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Among the regional outings is a hike in Lynch Canyon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Longtime raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick will help hikers learn about eagles, hawks and other birds of prey. Lynch Canyon is in the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo and can be reached by taking McGary Road to Lynch Road.
Other regional outings will be at such locations as Skaggs Island in Sonoma County and Antioch Dunes in Contra Costa County.
Go to http://mareislandpreserve.org for a complete look at Flyway Festival events. Flyway Festival hosts are The Rose Foundation and Weston Solutions, Inc.
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