2021 MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 36th Season  ~


• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2021 Season


Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) has continued to offer unique, modestly priced Weekends in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union. MBWeekends originated in 1986, and since then we've had nearly 9,500 MBW registrations (MBWeeks included), more than 420 MBWeekends, and a composite list of 366 species seen in Minn.



• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2021 Season


In addition to our MBWeekends, it is hoped we will have a schedule of MBWeeks starting later this season. There have been 120 MBWeeks since 1988 – with 718 species now on on our composite list. And note the modest cost of MBWeeks: typically around half of similar tours offered by others – sometimes closer to 1/3 !



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This MBWbirds website also includes...


• A Birder’s Guide to Minnesota updates


Corrections and additions to the 4th edition of A Birder's Guide to Minnesota (revised 2002; now out-of-print) are published here periodically as needed. These updates are to provide those who use this basic reference to Minnesota's birding locations with the most accurate and up-to-date information available – and note that publication of a new 5th edition is scheduled for Summer 2021.


~ Most recent update May 2020 ~


MBWbirds.com

Laysan Albatross

Washington-B.C. MBWeek

September 2017

(KRE photo)

Mountain Bluebird

North Shore MBWeekend

November 2018

(Gerry Hoekstra photo)

• Minnesota Sewage Ponds


Municipal sewage ponds (also known as sewage lagoons, settling ponds, wastewater treatment ponds, etc.) are often productive birding sites. Accordingly, an expanded checklist of Minnesota’s nearly 400 known sewage ponds (now with a link to maps with the locations all the ponds!) is included here.


~ Most recent update June 2021  ~



• MBW Checklists


Here are checklists with the 366 species recorded on MBWeekends (all within MN) and the composite MBW list of 718 species (i.e, MBWeeks & MBWeekends combined).



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For additional information, contact: Kim Richard Eckert, eckertkr@gmail.com (e-mail);

218 349 5953 (cell); 1921 W. Kent Rd., Duluth MN 55812 (U.S. mail).


Also available are GUIDING SERVICES for those interested in a personal or group tour in Minnesota or other states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada.


And finally, what would any self-respecting website be without the obligatory BLOG

...especially this website which always has believed in Social-Media Distancing from Facebook and all the other nonsense out there.



• Birding by Hindsight


This series of 70 bird identification articles – now available in a print edition, with 100+ photographs added and new covers in the 3rd printing – included an installment in every issue of The Loon, journal of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, 1995 – 2012.


  


This website is dedicated to the memory of Bob Russell.

Please see this website's recently revised Blog: mbwbirds.com/blog.html.



   WHAT'S NEW IN THIS AND RECENT UPDATES . . .


• The summary of our most recent North Shore MBWeekend based in Grand

   Marais: see mbwbirds.com/north-shore.html. For the remaining MBWs on

   this season's schedule (both in Duluth in January 2022) and the summaries

   of those completed, see mbwbirds.com/mbweekends.html.


• Also see mbwbirds.com/mbw-registration for additional information on how

   to register for MBWeekends.


At this time, there are still no MBWeeks scheduled, but it is hoped they can

   resume in early 2022, possibly with trips to California, Arizona, or Texas. A

   schedule of the 2022-23 season of MBWeeks and Weekends (our 37th!) will

   be available by the end of December.  


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ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED

AND COMPLETED THE POST-VACCINE

WAITING PERIOD AT THE TIME OF THE MBW

ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.


Those attending these MBWs will be following CDC and state guidelines

in place at the time for face masks and social distancing.


~  NOVEMBER 8, 2021  ~

(previous update October 26)