MINNESOTA  BIRDING  WEEKENDS


APRIL 2018 - JANUARY 2019

~  Our 33rd Season  ~



SECOND LEADERS AND EXTRA MBWEEKENDS WERE ADDED

AFTER THE ORIGINAL SCHEDULE WAS PUBLISHED

TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS.


NOTE THAT THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR ALL MBWs

HAS BEEN REVISED FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON.


CLICK HERE FOR THE 2018-19 MBWEEKENDS

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Stony River Forest Road, Lake County (KRE photo)





Blue Mounds State Park, Rock County (KRE  photo)



Minnesota Birding Weekends & Weeks (MBW) is now in its 33rd season and continues to offer unique, modestly priced birding trips in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (we originated back in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). After 32 years, we have now had a total of more than 400 MBWeekends, more than 8,900 registrations, and a composite list of 363 species seen within the state.


MBW Weekend fees continue to be as modest as they always have been, and this season all are priced at $20/day if pre-paid – i.e., a standard Friday pre-MBW plus Saturday-Sunday MBWeekend is $60. As a result of the new price structure, some MBWeekend fees are even lower than last season.


In addition to our selection of MBWeekends, the schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks will continue; please visit the  MBWEEKS  page on this website for further information on these.




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2018 - 2019 MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKENDS


Note that changes in this schedule are possible, and these will be posted on MBWbirds.com.


The fees listed below are PRE-PAID AMOUNTS; fees paid on the day of the MBW

are $5/day more; please see the MBW Registration Page for more information.


The leader for each MBWeekend will be Kim Eckert, except as noted

with Craig Mandel as leader; Dave Benson will also co-lead on some MBWs.

(This leader information is tentative and may be adjusted.)


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May 4, 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Pope County

May 5 - 6, 2018  ~  Traverse County

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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May 10 - 11 (Thursday-Friday), 2018  ~  Lac Qui Parle County I

May 11 (Friday), 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Yellow Medicine County I

May 12 - 13 (Saturday-Sunday), 2018  ~  Lac Qui Parle County II

May 14 (Monday), 2018 post-MBW  ~  Yellow Medicine County II

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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May 25, 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Pennington & Red Lake Counties

May 26 - 27 - 28, 2018  ~  Kittson & Marshall Counties

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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June 15, 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Clearwater County  

June 16 - 17, 2018  ~  Beltrami County

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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July 6, 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Becker County

July 7 - 8, 2018  ~  Felton Prairie, Clay County

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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August 31, 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Mahnomen County

September 1 - 2 - 3, 2018  ~  Polk County

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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September 20, 2018 pre-MBW  ~  Goodhue County

September 21 - 22, 2018  ~  Wabasha & Winona Counties

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


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October 10 - 11 - 12, 2018  ~  Fall Duluth

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THESE MBWEEKDAYS





November 1 - 2 (Thursday-Friday), 2018  ~  North Shore II

See North Shore III below. ($40 / Base Duluth Wednesday; Grand Marais Thursday)


November 3 - 4, 2018  ~  North Shore III

The unexpected is literally to be expected here each fall! Past November records include Brant, King Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Purple Sandpiper, Black-legged Kittiwake, both Ancient and Long-billed murrelets, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Fieldfare, Sage Thrasher, this MBW's Black Guillemot in 2009, Cassin's Kingbird in 2012, 2 Common Eiders in 2014, Vermilion Flycatcher and White-eyed Vireo in 2015. More likely on this MBW (now a 25+ year tradition) are Long-tailed and perhaps Harlequin ducks, all 3 scoters, un-Common loons, Iceland or Glaucous gull, Black-backed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird and Townsend's Solitaire (3 of each in 2017), flocks of Bohemian Waxwings, and winter finches. ($40 / Base Duluth Friday; Grand Marais Saturday)


STATUS as of 15 OCTOBER 2018:


• North Shore II MBW  –  FILLED  /  0 on Waiting List  (19 confirmed / limit 19 with 1 leader)

• North Shore III MBW  –  FILLED  /  2 on Waiting List  (22 confirmed / limit 22 with 2 leaders)


~ Registering for this MBWeekend could still be considered since cancellations are possible ~


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January 5 - 6, 2019  ~  Winter Duluth I

Despite the cold, this popular MBW tradition continues with so many possibilities to begin one's year list: Sharp-tailed Grouse, N. Goshawk, northern owls (especially Great Gray, Northern Hawk, and Snowy), Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, Snow Bunting, grosbeaks, crossbills, redpolls, and more. Of course, we'll also hope for the unexpected: a Harlequin or some other rare duck (like 2015's Common Eider) or an unusual gull (like 2016's Ivory Gull!) on the lake, a Gyrfalcon in pursuit of pigeons in the harbor, a Spruce Grouse or American Three-toed Woodpecker in a some remote spruce bog, or maybe a Townsend's Solitaire or Varied Thrush or even a Boreal Owl lurking in someone's back yard. ($40 / Base Duluth)


January 7 (Monday), 2019 post-MBW  ~  Winter Duluth II

Because some of Minnesota's winter specialties are so highly sought and often difficult to find, and since heavy snow or extreme cold could negatively impact our travel and birding plans, this extra day should prove useful. The itinerary will depend on how we did on the two previous days – i.e., searching for any key species that might have eluded us earlier (and those less cooperative ones we'd like to see better), or covering some of the birding areas we might not have had enough time for on Saturday-Sunday. ($20 / Base Duluth)


STATUS as of 15 OCTOBER 2018:


• Winter Duluth I MBW  –  FILLED  /  5 on Waiting List  (15 confirmed / limit 15)

• Winter Duluth II post-MBW  –  FILLED  /  0 on Waiting List  (15 confirmed / limit 15)


~ Registering for this MBWeekend could still be considered since cancellations are possible ~


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January 11 - 12 (Friday-Saturday), 2019  ~  Winter Duluth III


January 13 (Sunday), 2019 post-MBW  ~  Winter IV Duluth


See the descriptions of this additional MBWeekend and post-MBW in the January 5-6 Winter Duluth I and January 7 Winter Duluth II listings above. (Winter Duluth III $40; Winter Duluth IV $20 / Base Duluth / Leader Craig Mandel)


STATUS as of 15 OCTOBER 2018:


• Winter Duluth III MBW  –  FILLED  /  0 on Waiting List  (15 confirmed / limit 15)

• Winter Duluth IV post-MBW  –  4  VACANCIES  (11 confirmed / limit 15)


~ Registering for this MBWeekend could still be considered since cancellations are possible ~



CLICK on the MBWEEKENDS BELOW

for summaries of these (or similar) MBWeekends from previous years



CLICK on the MBWEEKENDS ABOVE

for summaries of these (or similar) MBWeekends from previous years