MINNESOTA  BIRDING  WEEKENDS


APRIL 2022 - JANUARY 2023

~  Our 37th Season  ~



Blue Mounds State Park, Rock County (KRE photo)



Minnesota Birding Weekends (MBW) is again offering another season of unique, modestly priced birding trips within Minnesota – our 37th year! After 36 years, we have had a total of more than 440 MBWeekends, 8,450 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).


In addition to our selection of MBWeekends, a schedule of MBWeeks will resume in June 2022 (after over a year's hiatus due to Covid-19). Please visit the  MBWEEKS  page for further information.


ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED

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.


PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME MBWEEKENDS MAY HAVE TO BE CANCELED

DEPENDING ON THE LEVEL OF THE COVID PANDEMIC AT THE TIME.




APRIL 2022 - JANUARY 2023 SCHEDULE

MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKENDS


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COMPLETED MBWeekends & MBWednesdays


•  April  7 - 8, 2022  –  Traverse County I  •

•  April  9 - 10, 2022  –  Traverse County II  •

CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs

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•  April 28, 2022  –  Norman pre-MBW  •

•  April 29, 2022  –  Mahnomen pre-MBW  •

•  April 30 - May 1, 2022  –  Polk County  •

CLICK HERE for summary of this MBW

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•  May 12 - 13, 2022 (Thu-Fri)  –  Yellow Medicine County I  •

•  May 14 -15, 2022 (Sat-Sun)  –  Yellow Medicine County II  •

CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs

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•  May 26, 2022 (Thu)  –  Jackson pre-MBW  •

•  May 27, 2022 (Fri)  –  Nobles pre-MBW  •

•  May 28 - 29 - 30, 2022 (Sat-Sun-Mon)  –  Rock & Pipestone Counties  •

CLICK HERE for summary of this MBW

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•  June 15 - 16 - 17, 2022 (Wed-Thu-Fri)  –  Koochiching County I  •

•  June 18 - 19, 2022 (Sat-Sun)  –  Koochiching County II  •

CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs

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•  July 13 - July 27 - August 10 - August 17, 2022  –  MBWednesdays  •

CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs

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•  September 1 - 2, 2022 (Thu-Fri)  –  Lake of the Woods pre-MBW  •

•  September 3 - 4 - 5, 2022 (Sat-Sun-Mon)  –  Roseau County  •

CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs

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•  September 22, 2022 (Thu)  –  Murray County  •

•  September 23, 2022 (Fri)  –  Cottonwood County  •

•  September 24, 2022 (Sat)  –  Brown County  •

•  September 25, 2022 (Sun)  –  Watonwan County  •

CLICK HERE for summary of these MBWs


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REMAINING MBWeekends & MBWednesdays



•  September 28, 2022  –  Duluth II MBWednesday  •


- Limit 11 participants / 3 vehicles; see above for additional information on MBWednesdays

- STATUS as of September 27:  11 Confirmed / FILLED, 0 Vacancies, 0 Waiting List



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•  October 5, 2022  –  Duluth III MBWednesday  •


- Limit 15 participants / 4 vehicles; see above for additional information on MBWednesdays

- STATUS as of September 27:  15 Confirmed / FILLED, 0 Vacancies, 2 Waiting List



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•  October 19, 2022  –  Duluth IV MBWednesday  •


- Limit 11 participants / 3 vehicles; see above for additional information on MBWednesdays

- STATUS as of September 27:  11 Confirmed / FILLED, 0 Vacancies, 5 Waiting List



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•  October 24 - 25, 2022 (Mon-Tue)  –  Tofte North Shore I  •

  

- Base Tofte nights of October 23-24

- Limit 11 participants / 3 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of September 27:  11 Confirmed / FILLED, 0 Vacancies, 2 Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summary of the 2021 MBW



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•  October 27 - 28, 2022 (Thu-Fri)  –  Tofte North Shore II  •


- Base Tofte nights of October 26-27

- Limit 18 participants / 5 vehicles (with 2 leaders)

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of September 27:  13 Confirmed, 5 Vacancies, 0 Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summary of the 2021 MBW



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•  November 3, 2022 (Thu)  –  Mille Lacs pre-MBW  •

•  November 4, 2022 (Fri)  –  Duluth pre-MBW  •

•  November 5 - 6, 2022 (Sat-Sun)  –  Grand Marais North Shore  •


- Base Duluth night of November 3 (no lodging needed night of Nov. 2)

- Base Duluth night of November 4; Grand Marais night of November 5

- Limit 18 participants / 5 vehicles (with 2 leaders) each pre-MBW

- Limit 11 participants / 3 vehicles Grand Marais MBW

- MBW fee $20 each pre-MBW; $40 Grand Marais MBW


- STATUS of Mille Lacs as of September 27:  10 Confirmed, 8 Vacancies, 0 Waiting List

- STATUS of Duluth as of September 27:  11 Confirmed, 7 Vacancies, 0 Waiting List

- STATUS of Grand Marais as of Sept. 27: 11 Confirmed / FILLED, 0 Vacancies, 2 Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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


- Base Duluth nights of January 4-5

- Limit 18 participants / 5 vehicles (with 2 leaders)

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of September 27:  6 Confirmed, 12 Vacancies, 0 Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years



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


- Base Duluth nights of January 6-7

- Limit 11 participants / 3 vehicles

- MBW fee $40


- STATUS as of September 27:  5 Confirmed, 6 Vacancies, 0 Waiting List


CLICK HERE for summaries of this MBW in previous years








Our registration procedure for the 2022-23 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 can not be sent until the following day.

  

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

       a spouse or other person at 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.




DULUTH MBWEDNESDAYS

•  September 28, 2022  •

•  October 5, 2022  •

•  October 19, 2022  •


These fall MBWednesdays have now been added to this season's schedule. Unlike the recently completed MBWednesdays in summer (see mbwbirds.com/mbwednesdays.html), these will all be based in Duluth and focus on the Duluth & adjacent North Shore area – easily the best place in Minnesota to find rarities during fall migration. Otherwise, these will operate in the same way as those in summer...


• Each MBWednesday will begin at 8:30 am (i.e., later than the summer MBWs). Accordingly, most participants will be able to drive from home early Wednesday morning to Duluth with no need for lodging on Tuesday night. (It is about a 2.5-hour drive from the Twin Cities.)


• Birding each day will end about 5:30 pm, in time for an optional group dinner, and/or to return home that evening (again, with no need for lodging).


• There will be no fee for these MBWednesdays. Otherwise, they will operate like a MBWeekend: i.e., car-pooling will be arranged in advance; two-way radios will be in use to keep everyone in touch; and participants will bring lunch from home (or forage for something in a convenience store that morning).  


Registrations for these MBWednesdays opened on August 24. As on the MBWeekends, there is a limit of one e-mailed registration per day, and a registration may include only one person (except also OK to include a spouse or other family member at the same address). Those who are confirmed will be acknowledged ASAP, with the meeting place in Duluth also sent at that time.