2019 - 2020

MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 34th Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2019-2020 Season

Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) is now in its 34th season and continues to

offer unique, modestly priced Weekends in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (MBWeekends originated in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). We have now had more than 9,200 MBW registrations (MBWeeks included), a total of 400+ MBWeekends since 1986, and a composite list of 365 species we've seen in Minnesota.


along with the registration status, descriptions,

and previous summaries of these MBWeekends.

• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2019-2020 Season

In addition to our MBWeekends, this season’s schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks (there have been 115 of them since 1988 – with 716 species on our composite list!) includes South Florida (twice), a new Black Hills & western Dakotas MBW, Central Californuia,

and South Texas. And be sure to note the modest cost of MBWeeks – typically around

half the price (sometimes closer to 1/3!) of similar tours offered by others.


along with the registration status, descriptions,

and previous summaries of these MBWeeks.

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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 – with publication of a new 5th edition scheduled for late 2019.

~ Most recent update October 2018 ~


~  AUGUST 10, 2019  ~

(previous update July 3)

Key West Quail-Dove

South Florida MBWeek

April 2019

(Craig Mandel photo)

King Eider

Winter Duluth


January 2019

(Sandy Aubol


• 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 401 known sewage ponds (now with a link to maps of all the ponds!) is included here.

~ Most recent update October 2018  ~

• MBW Checklists & Quizzes

Included here are checklists with the 365 species recorded on MBWeekends and the 714 species found on MBWeeks & MBWeekends combined. In addition, two quizzes are presented to enhance your knowledge of the previous 33-year history of MBWs

and of 30 idioms often heard on MBWs.

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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 has no use for Facebook or Twitter.

• 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.



  • The summary of the recently completed Central California MBWeek (with

  Red-footed Booby and Parakeet Auklet added as #715 & 716 on the all-time

  MBW composite list), and the Black Hills-Badlands-W. Dakotas MBWeek

  (179 species – 31 of these "non-MN" birds, all less than 400 miles away).

  • The updated registration status for each MBW of the 2019-2020 season;

  see the MBWeekends and MBWeeks pages for more information. Note that

  the Iowa Border MBWeekend has been lengthened to 4 days and changed to

  4 consecutive one-day trips: October 11-12-13-14.    

  • In addition to checks sent by U.S. mail, on-line payments for all MBW fees

  and deposits are now accepted for the first time (https://www.zellepay.com);

  please see the MBW Registration page for more information.

  – Scott Meyer photo –

This website and the remainder of the 2019-20 MBW

schedule are dedicated to the memory of Bob Russell.

Please see: http://www.mbwbirds.com/blog.html.