2021 MBWeekends & MBWeeks
~ Our 36th Season ~
Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) has continued to offer unique, modestly priced Weekends in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union. MBWeekends originated in 1986, and since then we've had nearly 9,500 MBW registrations (MBWeeks included), more than 420 MBWeekends, and a composite list of 366 species seen in Minn.
In addition to our MBWeekends, it is hoped we will have a schedule of MBWeeks starting later this season. There have been 120 MBWeeks since 1988 – with 718 species now on on our composite list. And note the modest cost of MBWeeks: typically around half of similar tours offered by others – sometimes closer to 1/3 !
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This MBWbirds website also includes...
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 ~
South Texas MBWeek
(Paul Budde photo)
(Linda Sparling photo)
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.
~ Most recent update June 2021 ~
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, (e-mail);
218 349 5953 (cell); 1921 W. Kent Rd., Duluth MN 55812 (U.S. mail).
Also available are 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
...especially this website which always has believed in Social-Media Distancing from Facebook and all the other nonsense out there.
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: .
WHAT'S NEW IN THIS AND RECENT UPDATES . . .
• Our first eight MBWeekends of the 36th season of MBWs have now been
completed; this includes the most recent MBWeekend in Northwestern
Minnesota: see .
• Eight more MBWeekends have been scheduled during the remainer of this
season, and for further information on these, including their registration
status, see . Note that all but two of these
MBWs are filled, but in some cases, a second leader might be added or the
limit of participants raised to accommodate those on waiting lists.
• Also see for additional information on how
to register for MBWeekends.
• At this time, there are still no MBWeeks scheduled, but it is hoped they can
resume in early 2022, possibly with trips to California, Arizona, and Texas.
ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED
AND COMPLETED THE POST-VACCINE
WAITING PERIOD AT THE TIME OF THE MBW
ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.
Those attending these MBWs will be following the CDC and state guidelines
for masks and social distancing in place at the time.
~ SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 ~
(previous update August 20)