2020 - 2021 MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 35th Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2020-2021 Season

Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) enters its 35th season and continues to

offer unique, modestly priced Weekends in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (MBWeekends originated in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). Since 1986, we have had nearly 9,500 MBW registrations (MBWeeks included), more than 420 MBWeekends, and a composite list of 366 species we've seen in Minnesota.


along with the registration status, descriptions,

and previous summaries of these MBWeekends.

• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2020-2021 Season

In addition to our MBWeekends, this season’s schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks (there have been 120 of them since 1988 – with 718 species on our composite list!) includes High Island & Hill Country in TX, two Black Hills & western Dakotas MBWs, and winter trips to California, Arizona, and Texas. And be sure to note the modest cost of MBWeeks: typically around half of similar tours offered by others – sometimes even closer to 1/3 !


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 – and note that publication of a new 5th edition is scheduled for late 2020 or early 2021.

~ Most recent update May 2020 ~


Morelet's Seedeater

South Texas MBWeek

February 2020

(Jay Vancura photo)

Barn Owl

Duluth MBWeekend

January 2020

(Heidi Novak 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 400 known sewage ponds (now with a link to maps with the locations all the ponds!) is included here.

~ Most recent update December 2019  ~

• 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: http://www.mbwbirds.com/blog.html.


• The summary of the Grant-Otter Tail MBWeekend  – finally, the first MBW

  of the 2020 season (http://www.mbwbirds.com/fergus-falls.html)! There

  were fewer participants, car-pooling was not used, and social-distancing

  was practiced; any remaining MBWeekends on this year's schedule which

  take place would probably be similarly restricted. (Note that all MBWeeks

  and MBWeekends scheduled through June had been canceled.)

• Information on all the other Minnesota Birding Weeks and Weekends of

  our alleged 35th season: registration status, descriptions, and previous

  MBW summaries; see http://www.mbwbirds.com/mbweeks.html and  


• Another update to the set of corrections and additions for the 4th edition  

  of A Birder's Guide to Minnesota (work on the 5th edition is in progress).

Judy Chucker photo

~  JULY 25, 2020  ~

(previous update May 12)