2018 - 2019

MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 33rd Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2018-19 Season

Now in its 33rd season, Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) offers unique, modestly priced birding Weekends in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (MBWeekends originated in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). We have now had more than 8,900 MBW registrations (MBWeeks included), a total of over 400 MBWeekends since 1986, and a composite list of 363 species we've seen in Minnesota.


along with the registration status, descriptions,

and previous summaries of these MBWeekends.

• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2018-19 Season

In addition to our MBWeekends, this season’s schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks (there have been 107 of them since 1988, with 710 species on our composite list! ) includes South Florida, Southern California (twice), Southeast Arizona (twice), Washington & British Columbia, and South Texas. And be sure to note the modest cost of MBWeeks – typically around half the price (sometimes only 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.

~ Most recent update October 2018 ~


~  OCTOBER 15, 2018  ~

(previous update September 25)

Laysan Albatross

Washington MBWeek

September 2017

(KRE photo)

Boreal Owl

Duluth MBWeekend

January 2018

(Bill McGouirk 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 363 species recorded on MBWeekends and the 710 species found on MBWeeks & MBWeekends combined. In addition, two quizzes are presented to enhance your knowledge of the 30-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, from 1995 to 2012.


   • Summaries of all the completed 2018 MBWeeks and MBWeekends,

     including the recent Fall Duluth MBW.

   • Updated registration status information for the remaining 2018-19

     MBWs. Note that there are now 2 South Texas MBWeeks: February

     17 - 25, 2019 and February 25 - March 5, 2019.

   • Also note that the basic schedule for the 2019-20 MBW season will be  

     published on this website in early November and in the November-

     December issue of the MOU newsletter. The complete schedule will be

     published here in late November (tentatively Sunday, Nov. 25), with the

     opening of registrations the next day: Monday, November 26.  

   • An additional set of updates for A Birder's Guide to Minnesota. (There

     are plans for a new 5th edition to be completed by late 2019.)

Greater Roadrunner (Scott Meyer photo)