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.


CLICK HERE for the MBWEEKENDS SCHEDULE

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.


CLICK HERE for the MBWEEKS SCHEDULE

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 ~


MBWbirds.com

~  DECEMBER 3, 2019  ~

(previous update NOVEMBER 5)

Key West Quail-Dove

South Florida MBWeek

April 2019

(Craig Mandel photo)

King Eider

Winter Duluth

MBWeekend

January 2019

(Sandy Aubol

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 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.



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

  

  • The summary of the recent North Shore MBWeekends, along with the

    other summaries of all the completed MBWeeks & MBWeekends of the

    2019-20 season.

  

  • The updated registration status for the remaining MBWs of the 2019-2020

    season; see the MBWeekends and MBWeeks pages for more information.

    (Note that the Jan. 13 post-Duluth MBW has now been canceled, but the

    Jan. 10 pre-MBW and the main Jan. 11-12 Duluth MBWeekend still have

    vacancies. The Florida and Texas MBWeeks are still filled.)

  

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

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

    please see the MBW Registration page for more information.


  • And please note there have been no changes yet in the information on the

    still-tentative 2020-21 MBW schedule:  


  – 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.



MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKENDS & WEEKS


APRIL 2020 - FEBRUARY 2021  •  OUR 35th SEASON


–  TENTATIVE MBW SCHEDULE  –


PLEASE NOTE:

This schedule is only tentative – there will be changes before

the final 2020-21 schedule is posted on the MBWbirds website on


DECEMBER 31, 2019.


The opening of registrations for 2020-21 will be at


NOON on JANUARY 1, 2020.

    

~  APRIL 2020 - JANUARY 2021 MBWEEKENDS  ~     


• The first date indicates the pre-MBW, followed by the main MBWeekend dates.

• The locations given are for the main MBWeekends; the pre-MBW locations will be

  determined later (some will be the same as listed for the main MBWeekend).

• The tentative leaders are indicated: KRE = Kim Eckert, Craig = Craig Mandel.

 

April 3-4-5, 2020  ~  Houston County (KRE)

 

• May 8-9-10, 2020  ~  Polk County (KRE)

 

• May 22-23-24-25, 2020  ~  Big Stone-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa Co’s (KRE & Craig)


• June 26-27-28, 2020  ~  Clay County (KRE)


• July 17-18-19, 2020  ~  Koochiching County (Craig)

 

• September 4-5-6-7, 2020  ~  Northwestern Minnesota (KRE & Craig)


• September 25-26-27, 2020  ~  Traverse & Grant Co’s (KRE)

 

• October 9-10-11, 2020  ~  Otter Tail County (Craig)

 

• October 16-17-18, 2020  ~  Lyon & Lincoln Co’s (KRE)

 

• November 6-7-8, 2020  ~  North Shore (KRE)

 

• January 8-9-10, 2021  ~  Duluth (KRE & Craig)

 

                 

~  APRIL 2020 - FEBRUARY 2021 MBWEEKS  ~

 

• April 18 - 26, 2020  ~  High Island - Hill Country, Texas (KRE)

 

• May 26 - June 2, 2020  ~  Black Hills & Western Dakotas I (KRE)


• June 6 - 13, 2020  ~  Black Hills & Western Dakotas II (Craig)

 

• July 25 - August 2, 2020  ~  Southeast Arizona I (KRE)

 

• January 16 - 23, 2021  ~  Southern California (KRE)


• January 24 - 31, 2021  ~  Southeast Arizona II (KRE)

 

• February 20 - 28, 2021  ~  South Texas (KRE)