MINNESOTA  BIRDING  WEEKENDS


APRIL 2023 - JANUARY 2024

~  Our 38th Season  ~



Grand Marais, Cook County (Darcy Pinotti photo)



Minnesota Birding Weekends (MBW) is again offering another season of unique, modestly priced birding trips within Minnesota – our 38th year! After 37 years, we have had a total of more than 450 MBWeekends, 8,750 registrations, and a composite list of 367 species seen in Minnesota.


MBWeekend fees continue to be as modest as they always have been, and this season all will again be set at $20/day (e.g., a standard Saturday-Sunday MBWeekend is $40).


Besides the MBWs listed below, there will also be some "MBWednesdays" scheduled in 2023. These informal one-day trips will not involve any registration, no lodging will be needed by most participants, and they have no MBW fee – more details on these to come later this season.    


In addition to our selection of MBWeekends, please visit the  MBWEEKS  page for information on those longer out-of-state trips.


ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID

(OR HAVE RECENTLY TESTED NEGATIVE)

BEFORE THE TIME OF THE MBW ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER.

THOSE ATTENDING MBWs WILL FOLLOW ANY CDC AND STATE GUIDELINES

IN EFFECT AT THE TIME FOR FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING.





FINAL MBWeekends of 2022-23 Season


•  January 5 - 6, 2023 (Thu-Fri)  –  Winter Duluth I  •

•  January 7 - 8, 2023 (Sat-Sun)  –  Winter Duluth II  •


CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs


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APRIL 2023 - JANUARY 2024 SCHEDULE

MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKENDS


•  April 13 - 14, 2023 (Thu-Fri)  –  Rothsay WMA, Wilkin County  •


- Base Fergus Falls nights of April 12 - 13

- Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of January 12:  9 Confirmed, 9 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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•  April 27, 2023 (Thu)  –  Martin County  •

•  April 28, 2023 (Fri)  –  Faribault County  •

•  April 29, 2023 (Sat)  –  Freeborn County  •

•  April 30, 2023 (Sun)  –  Mower County  •


- Base Blue Earth nights of April 26, April 27; Austin nights of April 28, April 29

- Limit 11 participants in 3 vehicles each day

- MBW fee $20 per day


- Martin STATUS as of January 12:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 2 on Waiting List

- Faribault STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 2 on Waiting List

- Freedborn STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 2 on Waiting List

- Mower STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 2 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summary of fall MBWs in these counties in 2019



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•  May 11, 2023 (Thu)  –  Sherburne County pre-MBW  •

•  May 12, 2023 (Fri)  –  Benton County pre-MBW  •

•  May 13 - 14, 2023 (Sat-Sun)  –  Stearns County  •


- Base St. Cloud night of May 10, night of May 11, nights of May 12 - 13

- Sherburne and Benton Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles each day

- Stearns Limit 11 participants in 3 vehicles

- MBW fee $20 per day


- Sherburne STATUS as of January 12:  15 Confirmed, 3 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List

- Benton STATUS:  14 Confirmed, 4 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List

- Stearns STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of similar MBWs in previous years



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•  May 26, 2023 (Fri)  –  Wabasha County pre-MBW  •

•  May 27 - 28 - 29, 2023 (Sat-Sun-Mon)  –  Winona & Houston Co's  •


- Base Wabasha night of May 25; La Crosse, WI nights of May 26 - 27 - 28

- Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles each day

- MBW fee $20 per day


- Wabasha STATUS as of January 12:  18 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 9 on Waiting List

- Winona & Houston STATUS:  18 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 11 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of similar MBWs in previous years



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•  June 21 - 22 - 23, 2023 (Wed-Thu-Fri)  –  Beltrami County  •

(Please note the dates of this MBW have been corrected)


- Base Seven Clans Casino Hotel nights of June 20 - 21 - 22

- Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles

- MBW fee $60


- STATUS as of January 12:  18 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 4 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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•  September 1, 2023 (Fri)  –  Pennington County pre-MBW  •

•  September 2 - 3 - 4, 2023 (Sat-Sun-Mon)  –  Kittson County  •


- Base Thief River Falls nights of Aug. 31 - Sept. 1; Karlstad nights of Sept. 2 - 3

- Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles each day

- MBW fee $20 per day


- Pennington STATUS as of January 12:  12 Confirmed, 6 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List

- Kittson STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 7 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of similar MBWs in previous years



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•  September 28, 2023 (Thu)  –  Chippewa County pre-MBW  •

•  September 29, 2023 (Fri)  –  Swift County pre-MBW  •

•  Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2023 (Sat-Sun)  –  Kandiyohi County  •


- Base Montevideo night of Sept. 27, Sept. 28; Willmar nights of Sept. 29 - 30

- Limit 11 participants in 3 vehicles each day

- MBW fee $20 per day


- Chippewa STATUS as of January 12:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 5 on Waiting List

- Swift STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 6 on Waiting List

- Kandiyohi STATUS:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 6 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of similar MBWs in previous years


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•  October 23 - 24, 2023 (Mon-Tue)  –  Tofte I & North Shore  •


- Base Tofte AmericInn nights of October 22 - 23

- Limit 11 participants in 3 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of January 12:  11 Confirmed, 0 vacancies, 4 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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•  October 26 - 27, 2023 (Thu-Fri)  –  Tofte II & North Shore  •


- Base Tofte AmericInn nights of October 25 - 26

- Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of January 12:  11 Confirmed, 7 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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•  November 4 - 5, 2023 (Sat-Sun)  –  Grand Marais & North Shore  •


- Base Duluth night of Nov. 3; Grand Marais night of Nov. 4

- Limit 11 participants in 3 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of January 12:  10 Confirmed, 1 vacancy, 0 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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•  January 4 - 5, 2024 (Thu-Fri)  –  Lake County  •


- Base Two Harbors nights of January 3 - 4

- Limit 18 participants in 5 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of January 12:  3 Confirmed, 15 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of similar Duluth MBWs in previous years



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•  January 6 - 7, 2024 (Sat-Sun)  –  Cook County  •


- Base Grand Marais nights of January 5 - 6

- Limit 11 participants in 3 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of January 12:  1 Confirmed, 10 vacancies, 0 on Waiting List  


CLICK HERE for summaries of similar Duluth MBWs in previous years









Our registration procedure for the 2023-24 MBWeekends

continues as in recent years...


   • ALL MBW REGISTRATIONS ARE BY E-MAIL: include the MBWeekend, your

      name, and e-mail address (include no MBW fees with registrations).

  

   • ONLY ONE REGISTRATION MAY BE SENT PER DAY: i.e., registration for a

      second MBW cannot be sent until the following day. (A pre-MBW can be

      included with the registration for its associated MBW.)

  

   • A REGISTRATION E-MAIL MAY INCLUDE ONLY ONE PERSON (except that

      a spouse or other person at the same residence can also be included).


   • PLEASE NOTE: On some MBWeekends, another MBW or extra leader or a

      higher participants limit may be possible to confirm additional persons.