April 2022 - February 2023 MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 37th Season  ~


• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2022-23 Season


Minnesota Birding Weekends continues to offer unique, modestly priced weekend (and weekday) birding tours throughout Minnesota since we originated in 1986. Since then, we've had nearly 9,800 MBW registrations (MBWeeks included), 440+ MBWeekends, and a composite list of 366 species seen in the state.



• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2022-23 Season


In addition to our MBWeekends, our schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks will ressume later this season. There have been 120 MBWeeks since winter 1988, with over 720 species now on our composite list. And note the modest cost of MBWeeks: typically around a half of similar tours offered by others – sometimes closer to only one-third !



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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 FIFTH EDITION IS SCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2022.

MBWbirds.com

Laysan Albatross

Washington-B.C. MBWeek

September 2017

(KRE photo)

Mountain Bluebird

North Shore MBWeekend

November 2018

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


• MBW Checklists


Here are checklists with the 366 species recorded on MBWeekends (all within MN) and the composite MBW list of 720+ 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 Blog: mbwbirds.com/blog.html.



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


The SCHEDULE of MBWEEKENDS & MBWEEKS for the April 2022 - February

   2023 season (our 37th year!) is now available. For information on the dates

   & destinations, summaries of past MBWs, and their registration status, see

   mbwbirds.com/mbweekends.html and mbwbirds.com/mbweeks.htmi.


PLEASE NOTE the following changes in the 2022 MBW schedule:


   - The Itasca Co. pre-MBW is canceled.

   - The dates of the Koochiching MBW were changed, with two Koochiching

     MBWs now scheduled: June 15-16-17 and June 18-19-20.

   - The dates of the Tofte North Shore MBWs were changed: Tofte I is now on

     October 24-25; Tofte II is now October 27-28.

   - The dates of the Black Hills MBW are tentative and may be adjusted.     


Now that the rush of the first week of registrations is over, you may now

   register at any time of day (you do not need to wait until 12:00 noon).


As in previous seasons, note there are limits on the number of registrations

   per day and the number of persons to be included on a registration. See

   mbwbirds.com/mbw-registration for additional information on how to

   register for MBWeekends.


Note that the schedule includes our first MBWeeks since February 2020 (this

   hiatus due to Covid). This selection of MBWeeks is still somewhat limited;

   however, another MBWeek or two might be added if the pandemic eases,

   and this would be announced here, at mbwbirds.com/mbweeks.html.


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ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR

COVID AND RECEIVED A BOOSTER BEFORE THE

TIME OF THE MBW ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.


THOSE ATTENDING THESE MBWs WILL FOLLOW CDC AND STATE GUIDELINES

IN EFFECT AT THE TIME FOR FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING.  


~  JANUARY 19, 2022  ~

(previous update January 11)