MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 32nd Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2017-18 Season

Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) enters its 32nd season and offers unique, modestly priced in-state birding weekends in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (MBWeekends originated in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). We have now had more than 8,600 MBW registrations, a total of 389 MBWeekends since 1986, and a composite list of 364 species that we have seen in Minnesota.

Click HERE for the complete descriptions

and previous summaries of the 2017-18 MBWeekends.

Click HERE for a MBWeekends registration form.

• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2017-18 Season

In addition to our MBWeekends, this season’s schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks (there have been 100 of them since 1988, with 709 species on our composite list! ) includes Southern California (twice), Newfoundland & Nova Scotia, Washington & British Columbia, and South Texas. And be sure to note the modest cost of MBWeeks – typically less than half the price of similar trips offered by other tour companies.

Click HERE for the complete descriptions

and previous summaries of the 2017-18 MBWeeks.

Click HERE for a MBWeeks registration form.

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This MBWbirds website also includes...

• A Birder’s Guide to Minnesota updates

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.

~ Most recent update June 2017 ~


~  SEPTEMBER 6, 2017  ~

(previous update August 15)

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• Summaries of the most recent MBWs: the Northwest Minn. MBWeekend,

  the Morris-based MBWeekend (which included King Rail – #364 on the

  MBWeekends composite list), and the Newfoundland-Nova Scotia MBWeek

  (which included Tufted Duck – #709 on the all-time MBW composite list).

• The current registration status for all MBWs remaining on the 2017-18

  schedule, along with their complete descriptions and summaries from

  previous years; note that vacancies still remain on both North Shore MBWs.  

And in other recent updates...

• The most recent set of corrections and additions for A Birder's Guide to


• Significant additions to the checklist of Minnesota's sewage ponds, now

  including a link to maps of all the ponds.

• A print edition of the "Birding By Hindsight" series of articles has now been

  published; see http://www.birdnerdz.net.

Great Gray Owl

Duluth MBWeekend

January 2017

(Neil Wingert photo)

Laysan Albatross

Washington - B.C. MBWeek

September 2016

• Minnesota Sewage Ponds

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 of all the ponds!) is included here.

~ Most recent update June 2017 ~

• MBW checklists & quizzes

Included here are checklists with the 363 species recorded on MBWeekends and the 709 species found on MBWeeks & MBWeekends combined. In addition, two quizzes are presented to enhance your knowledge of the 30-year history of MBWs and of 30 idioms often heard on MBWs.

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For additional information, contact Kim R. Eckert at eckertkr@gmail.com  or 218 349 5953. Also available are  GUIDING SERVICES  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 BLOG !?

• Birding by Hindsight

This series of 70 bird identification articles –

now available in a print edition, with 100+

photographs added – included an installment

in every issue of The Loon, journal of the

Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, from 1995

to 2012.

~ Most recent (and final) article in Spring

   2012 issue of The Loon ~