MINNESOTA  BIRDING  WEEKS


APRIL 2018 - FEBRUARY 2019

~  Our 33rd Season  ~




SEPTEMBER 8 - 16, 2018  •  WASHINGTON & BR. COLUMBIA


The Pacific Northwest provides some of the best birding in the western U.S. and Canada – accordingly, this MBW to the Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere along the Washington coast, plus sites around Victoria and Vancouver in southern British Columbia, has much to offer. Of particular interest will be the introduced Eurasian Skylarks near Victoria, a species that breeds nowhere else in North America. As many as 30 shorebird species are possible, with rarities such as Pacific Golden-Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruff, and Red Phalarope seen on previous MBWeeks. An all-day Westport Seabirds pelagic trip will be featured, with Black- footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, 4 or 5 shearwaters (including Pink-footed, Buller's, and a good chance of Flesh-footed or Short-tailed), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, South Polar Skua, possibly all three jaegers, and Sabine's Gull all targeted. In addition, our list should include Sooty Grouse, Brandt's and Pelagic cormorants, a few "non-Minnesota" gulls, alcids (Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets), Northern Pygmy-Owl, Vaux's and Black swifts, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Sparrow. (Per-person fee on 2017 MBW with 9 participants, including Westport Seabirds pelagic trip: $1,340 double-occupancy + air fare + meals.)


STATUS as of  11 AUGUST 2018:

FILLED  /  0 on Waiting List  (9 confirmed / limit 9 participants)


(NOTE: Registering for this MBWeek could still be considered since cancellations are possible.)


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JANUARY 19 - 27, 2019  •  WINTER CALIFORNIA


This MBWeek and winter vacation includes a week in the varied coastal, montane, and desert habitats in and around San Diego County, including the unique Salton Sea region. Some 200 species are possible, including a long list of non-Minnesota species: water birds such as Brant, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-vented Shearwater, Brandt's and Pelagic cormorants, Ridgway's Rail, several shorebirds (including Mountain Plover, Wandering Tattler, and Surfbird), Heermann's and possibly Yellow-footed gulls, Royal Tern, and Black Skimmer. And on land: White-tailed Kite, Band-tailed Pigeon, Burrowing Owl, Anna's, Costa's and Allen's hummingbirds, Nuttall's and White-headed woodpeckers, Gray Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, California Gnatcatcher, Wrentit, California, Crissal and LeConte's thrashers, Abert's and California towhees, Sagebrush and Bell's sparrows, Tricolored Blackbird, and introduced (but countable) Scaly-breasted Munia. Unexpected strays are possible as well, as evidenced by the Blue-footed Booby, Pacific Golden-Plover, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Red-throated Pipit, and Streak-backed Oriole seen on some previous MBWeeks. And besides all those birds, expect a week of balmy "non-Minnesota" weather with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. (Per-person fee on 2016 MBW with 9 participants: $910 double-occupancy + air fare + meals.)


STATUS as of  11 AUGUST 2018:

FILLED  /  3 on Waiting List  (9 confirmed / limit 9 participants)


NOTE: Registering for this MBWeek could still be considered since cancellations are possible.


In addition, if the Waiting List becomes long enough, an EXTRA MBWeek

might be scheduled to accommodate additional participants.


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NOTE: THE CALIFORNIA MBWEEK WILL END ON JANUARY 27 IN PHOENIX, AZ,

WHILE THE ARIZONA TRIP BEGINS THERE ON THE 27TH; ACCORDINGLY,

THERE IS THE OPTION OF DOING BOTH MBWEEKS BACK-TO-BACK.

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JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 3, 2019  •  WINTER ARIZONA


Though many summer Arizona specialties are absent in winter (when the weather will be much more moderate, with highs normally in the 60s), but at the parks, desert flats, river valleys, and canyons around Phoenix and southeast of Tucson we can still expect to find a long list of non-

Minnesota birds. These include Gambel's Quail, Ferruginous Hawk, Mountain Plover, Barn Owl, Western and Whiskered screech-owls, Broad-billed and Violet-crowned hummingbirds, several woodpeckers (e.g., Acorn, Gila, Arizona, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gilded Flicker), Rosy- faced Lovebird (now "countable"), Ash-throated Flycatcher, Plumbeous and Hutton's vireos, Mexican Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Verdin, Rock and Canyon wrens, both Black-tailed and Black- capped gnatcatchers, Western Bluebird, five thrasher species (including Bendire's, Crissal, and Le Conte's), Phainopepla, Black-throated Gray and Townsend's warblers, Green-tailed and Abert's towhees, several sparrows (including Rufous-winged, Brewer's, Black-chinned, and Sagebrush), Hepatic Tanager, Pyrrhuloxia, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and others. Mexican rarities are possible as well – e.g., Ruddy Ground-Dove, Nutting's Flycatcher, Rose-throated Becard, Sinaloa Wren, Rufous-backed Robin, and Rufous-capped Warbler on this MBWeek. (Per- person fee on 2017 MBW with 9 participants: $920 double-occupancy + air fare + mea


STATUS as of  11 AUGUST 2018:

FILLED  /  1 on Waiting List  (9 confirmed / limit 9 participants)


NOTE: Registering for this MBWeek could still be considered since cancellations are possible.


In addition, if the Waiting List becomes long enough, an EXTRA MBWeek

might be scheduled to accommodate additional participants.


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FEBRUARY 19 - 26, 2019  •  SOUTH TEXAS


This will be our 39th South Texas MBWeek – and vacation from a Minnesota winter! Little wonder this trip is so popular given its long list of birds that normally occur nowhere else (or few other places) in the U.S. Among them: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Hook-billed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Whooping Crane, Red-billed Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Green Parakeet, Red-crowned Parrot, Groove-billed Ani, Common Pauraque, Buff- bellied Hummingbird, Ringed and Green kingfishers, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Great Kiskadee, Tropical and Couch's kingbirds, Green Jay, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Clay- colored Thrush, Tropical Parula, Olive Sparrow, Altamira and Audubon's orioles. And Mexican rarities frequently occur: e.g., Masked Duck, Roadside Hawk, Northern Jaçana, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Rose-throated Becard, White-throated Thrush, Golden-crowned Warbler, Gray- crowned Yellowthroat, White-collared Seedeater, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Blue Bunting, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, and Black-vented Oriole have been found on some MBWeeks. We usually see around 210 species (our record is 231!), along with normal highs in the 70s. (Per- person fee on 2017 MBW with 9 participants: $860 double-occupancy + air fare + meals.)


STATUS as of  11 AUGUST 2018:

FILLED  /  5 on Waiting List  (9 confirmed / limit 9 participants)


NOTE: Registering for this MBWeek could still be considered since cancellations are possible.


In addition, if the Waiting List becomes long enough, an EXTRA MBWeek

might be scheduled to accommodate additional participants.



Rio Grande, Zapata County, Texas (KRE photo)

EXTRA MBWEEKs MIGHT BE SCHEDULED

TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS FOR THE

THREE MBWEEKs IN JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019.


NOTE THAT THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR ALL MBWs

HAS BEEN REVISED FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON.


CLICK HERE FOR THE 2018-19 MBWEEKS

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

CLICK on the MBWEEKS BELOW

for summaries of these MBWeeks and photo galleries from previous years

Bush Key, Dry Tortugas, Florida (KRE photo)



Minnesota Birding Weekends & Weeks (MBW), as it begins its 33rd season, continues to offer unique, modestly priced birding trips in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union – we originated in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends. After 32 years, we have now had a total of 107 MBWeeks involving over 1,200 participants, a composite list of 710 species, and our schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks includes Florida, Southern California (twice – in April & January), Southeast Arizona (also twice – in late summer & mid-winter), Washington & British Columbia, and South Texas.


Please be sure to note the relatively inexpensive cost of MBWeeks – typically less than half (sometimes close to a third!) of other tour company fees for similar trips. Please note as well our policy of providing “MBW store credit” refunds to MBWeeks participants if total trip expenses end up less than the amount budgeted.


In addition to our schedule of MBWeeks, please visit the  MBWEEKENDS  page elsewhere on this website for further information on these in-state MBWs.




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2018 - 2019 MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKS


Note that future changes in this schedule are possible, and updates on these will appear

on MBWbirds.com (e.g., dates may have to be adjusted due to leader availability,

lodging vacancies, or to coincide wth the schedules of flights, ferries, pelagic trips, etc.)


The leader for each MBWeek is Kim Eckert, with the exception of

South Florida which was led by Craig Mandel.


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APRIL 15 - 25, 2018  •  SOUTH FLORIDA

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEK


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APRIL 21 - 30, 2018  •  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA I

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEK


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JULY 27 - AUGUST 4, 2018  •  SOUTHEAST ARIZONA I

CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEK



CLICK on the MBWEEKS ABOVE

for summaries of these MBWeeks and photo galleries from previous years