March 2024 - January 2025 MBWeekends

~  Our 39th Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends •

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 more than 9,000 registrations (MBWeeks included), over 450 MBWeekends, and a composite list of 371 species seen in the state.

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This MBWbirds website also includes...

• Minnesota Birding Weeks

In addition to our MBWeekends, a selection of out-of-state MBWeeks continued for one

FINAL SEASON – our 35th  – in 2023-24. There have now been more than 125 MBWeeks since the first one in February 1988, with 727 species now on our composite list.

• A Birder’s Guide to Minnesota updates

The 5th edition of A Birder's Guide to Minnesota has now been published and became available in early November 2022 ... along with a Second Printing with minor changes in May 2023. A series of updates has started and becomes an ongoing work in progress for this newest edition: these corrections and additions will provide those using this book with the most accurate and up-to-date information as it becomes available.

• Birding by Hindsight

This series of 70 bird identification articles is still available in a print edition, with 100+ photographs added and new covers in the 3rd printing. These articles were originally published in The Loon, journal of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, 1995 - 2012.

• 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.

• MBW Checklists

Here are checklists with the 371 species recorded on MBWeekends (all within MN) and the composite MBW list of 727 species (i.e., MBWeeks & MBWeekends combined).

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For additional information, contact: Kim Richard Eckert, (email);

218 349 5953 (cell/text); 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.

Yellow-billed Loon

California MBWeek

January 2023

(Rose Shea photo)

Black-legged Kittiwake

Beltrami MBWeekend June 2023

(Rose Shea photo)

The schedule has now been published for our


~  March 2024 – January 2025  ~

See the Minnesota Birding Weekends page for additional information

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MBW REGISTRATION opened on January 2, 2024.

Please see the MBWeekends page with the

registration status of each MBW as of February 2.

Our registration procedure for the 2024-25 MBWeekends

continues as in recent years, and for complete information

on registering for MBWs, see:

~  FEBRUARY 2, 2024  ~

(previous update January 10)


Scott Meyer photo

The series of Corrections and Additions for

   A Birder's Guide to Minnesota continues to be

   updated recently, now that it is in its Second

   Printing (which includes several minor changes

   in the text since the First Printing, a new cover,

   and non-spiral binding).

   For the most recent updates and additional

   information on this new edition and the 2nd

   printing, see: Be

   sure to note the comments on the QR links

   to county maps (which have far more detail

   than the base maps on the pages), and on

   how to download any map in advance for use

   when you're in areas without cell service.



Please note that the February 2024 South Texas MBW

will be the final MBWeek, with none scheduled

for the 2024-25 season or thereafter.

After 35 seasons (beginning in February 1988),

more than 125 MBWeeks, and over 725 species,

I have decided to retire from scheduling MBWeeks.

See for the summaries

of this final season of MBWeeks, including the

recently completed Southern California MBW:

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(Note, however, I still intend to do two more years

of MBWeekends – through January 2026 – to reach my goal of completing 40 seasons of MBWs.)