2019 - 2020

MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 34th Season  ~


• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2019-2020 Season


As Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) enters its 34th season, we continue 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 363 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 711 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 only a third!) 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, 2018  ~

(previous update November 25)


Hook-billed Kite

South Texas

MBWeek

February 2015

(Ray Tervo photo)

Black Guillemot

     North Shore

MBWeekend

November 2009

(KRE 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 711 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. (And note that

there have been recent additions to its content – for only the second time ever.)



• 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 CURRENT REGISTRATION STATUS OF EACH MBWEEK AND

    MBWEEKEND OF THE 2019-2020 SEASON (the schedule and complete

    descriptions for the 2019-20 MBWs were published on Nov. 25).


    ALTHOUGH MOST MBWs ARE CURRENTLY FILLED, IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO  

    SCHEDULE ADDITIONAL LEADERS OR SECOND MBWs TO ACCOMMODATE

    THOSE ON THE WAITING LISTS.


    LIMIT OF 1 MBW REGISTRATION PER DAY PER PERSON; EACH REGISTRATION

    LIMITED TO 1 PERSON OR COUPLE; REGISTRATIONS NOW ACCEPTED AT ANY

    TIME OF DAY (through Nov. 30, e-mails not accepted until 12:00 noon or later).


    SEE THE MBWEEKENDS, MBWEEKS, and MBW REGISTRATION PAGES FOR

    COMPLETE INFORMATION ON THE 2019-2020 MBW SEASON.


   ALSO SEE...


   • The updated registration status information on the remaining 2018-2019

     MBWeeks and MBWeekends.


   • 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; as a result, this

     season's MBW schedule will be relatively short due to time constraints.)



  – Scott Meyer photo –