Newsletter

“…open the page… let the stories crawl in by themselves”

This school year, students in Monterey County were invited “…to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves” (John Steinbeck, Cannery Row), in the Western Flyer […]

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Monterey Bay, An Incredible Classroom

Educational programs to be carried out on the Western Flyer in Monterey Bay are currently being developed through a collaboration of Western Flyer Foundation, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, […]

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“Inspire me a bit.”

A roundabout giving appeal, and Ed Ricketts’s roundabout approach to ecology. In 1940, Jack Calvin wrote a long letter to Ed Ricketts, urging him to come to Sitka on a […]

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Western Flyer Restoration Episode 35

The original wheelhouse is installed back onto the Western Flyer.

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Hunt for a lost book from the Ed Ricketts collection

In this episode of Stories, Shorts, and Outtakes, we hear from Don Kohrs, head librarian at the Harold A. Miller Library of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. Don tells the […]

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A letter from the Board President

Dear Supporter, We need your help! We are oh-so-close to getting the boat in the water and ready for her trip to her new home in Monterey, California, but there […]

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“Let’s go wide open.”

Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State Univeristy and founding board member of the Western Flyer Foundation, reads her favorite section from the introduction to the Log From […]

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The Western Flyer Foundation’s Community Journal Project

This school year, the Western Flyer Foundation is piloting the Community Journal Project with students in Monterey County. This project focuses on environmental literacy through the integration of art, science, […]

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“All things are one thing, one thing is all things.”

In this episode of Stories, Shorts and Outtakes of the Western Flyer, artist and Western Flyer Foundation advisory board member, Ray Troll, reads from The Log from the Sea of […]

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Introducing Stories, Shorts and Outtakes of the Western Flyer

Chris Chase introduces a new playlist on the Western Flyer Foundation’s YouTube channel, where you can find stories from folks who are involved in the Western Flyer Foundation and the […]

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“A man builds the best of himself into a boat.”

In this episode of Stories, Shorts and Outtakes of the Western Flyer, Dr. William Gilly, a founding board member of the Western Flyer Foundation and professor at Stanford University, reads […]

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Notes from a Visit to the Western Flyer

I had the good fortune to tour the Western Flyer in Port Townsend with Chris Chase on the misty morning of September 9, 2021. This was my first time seeing […]

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WFF T-Shirts Designed by Andrea Dingeldein

Support the Western Flyer Foundation with a donation of $35 (or more) and receive a t-shirt with original artwork by Andrea Dingeldein. You can find more of Andrea’s work at […]

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How Resilient is the Gulf of California?

“The very air here is miraculous, and outlines of reality change with the moment.” ~John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts, Sea of Cortez (1941) Although we may still think of […]

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WFF Update on Baja – A Mexican Perspective

Notes from  Baja California Sur What would John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts find if they were able to return to the Sea of Cortés* today? What is the same and […]

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Join the WFF Intertidal Zone Bioblitz

In 1940, writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered a purse seiner, the Western Flyer, for a 6-week expedition to the Sea of Cortez. They captured and catalogued […]

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Visit to Port Townsend

Before COVID-19 hit, Western Flyer had hundreds of visitors a month. These days, not so much. Access to the yard has been strictly limited for the past year — all […]

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