April 2022 - February 2023 MBWeekends & MBWeeks
~ Our 37th 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 367 species seen in the state.
In addition to our MBWeekends, our schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks has now resumed after a 2-year hiatus. 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 about a half of similar tours offered by others – sometimes closer to only one-third !
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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 FIFTH EDITION IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 2022.
Black Hills MBWeek
(William Marengo photo)
Northern Saw-whet Owl
(Darcy Pinotti 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 400+ known sewage ponds (now with a link to maps with the locations all the ponds!) is included here.
Here are checklists with the 367 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, (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.
WHAT'S NEW IN THIS & RECENT UPDATES . . .
• A summary of the recently completed Murray-Cottonwood-Brown-Watonwan
MBW: see .
• Given the success of our summer MBWednesdays (for a summary of these,
see ), 4 more were scheduled this fall,
with 3 still remaining:
– Wednesday, September 28
– Wednesday, October 5
– Wednesday, October 19
Unlike those in summer, these MBWednesdays will be based in Duluth, since
the Duluth/North Shore area consistently attracts several species of interest
in fall. Otherwise, these one-day MBWs will be the same – i.e., no MBW fee
involved, and no need of lodging for most participants. For more information,
including their registration status, see .
• An update in the set of corrections & additions to the 4th edition of A Birder's
Guide to Minnesota is included on this website. This will be the last update in
this ongoing series (see ) before the new 5th
edition is published – the printing is now scheduled for completion in October.
• For the dates & destinations of all MBWeekends & MBWeeks in this 37th
season of MBWs, their registration status, and summaries of past MBWs,
see and . As
in previous seasons, there are limits on the number of registrations per day
and the number of persons to be included on a registration; for additional
information, see .
• This website is dedicated to the memory of Bob Russell. Please see this
website's Blog: .
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.
~ SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 ~
(previous update September 16)
Scott Meyer photo