2020 - 2021 MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 35th Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2020-2021 Season

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

CLICK HERE for the summaries of these 2020-21 MBWeekends.

• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2020-2021 Season (Canceled)

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!) had once included High Island & Hill Country in TX, two Black Hills & western Dakotas MBWs, and winter trips to California, Arizona, and Texas. (And note the modest cost of MBWeeks: typically around half of similar tours offered by others – sometimes even closer to 1/3 !)

CLICK HERE for the 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 Summer 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 Winter Duluth Weekend, the final MBW of the 2020-21  

  season  –  see http://www.mbwbirds.com/winter-duluth.html. Like previous

  MBWs, it involved fewer participants, face masks, social distancing, and no


• Due to the ongoing pandemic, the MBWeeks in California, Arizona, and

  Texas in January-February 2021 have now been CANCELED.

• The 2021-22 MBW schedule will be published here when the outlooks for

  COVID-19, the distribution of the vaccine, and its effectiveness become

  clearer. It is hoped that a more normal schedule for our 36th season will be

  possible by summer or fall of 2021.  

• For additional information, see http://www.mbwbirds.com/mbweekends.html

  and http://www.mbwbirds.com/mbweeks.html.

Judy Chucker photo

~  JANUARY 11, 2021  ~

(previous update November 13, 2020)