MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 31st Season  ~

• Minnesota Birding Weekends ~ 2016-17 Season

Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW), currently in its 31st season, 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 8,200 MBW registrations, a total of 375 MBWeekends,  

a composite list of 363 species seen in Minnesota, and all 87 Minnesota counties have been included on our MBWeekend itineraries over the years.

Click HERE for the registration status, complete descriptions,

and previous summaries of the 2016-17 MBWeekends.

Click HERE for a MBWeekends registration form.

• Minnesota Birding Weeks ~ 2016-17 Season

In addition to our assortment of MBWeekends, this season’s schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks (there have been more than 90 since 1988 – with now no fewer than 703 species on the composite list!) includes Colorado Grouse, South Florida, High Island- Texas Hill Country, Big Bend National Park, Washington & Br. Columbia, Southeast Arizona, and South Texas. And be sure to note the inexpensive cost of MBWeeks – typically less than half the price of similar trips offered by other tour companies.

Click HERE for the registration status, complete descriptions,

and previous summaries of the 2016-17 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 March 2016 ~

• Birding by Hindsight

This series of 70 bird identification articles 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 ~

• Minnesota Sewage Ponds

Municipal sewage ponds (also known as sewage lagoons, settling ponds, wastewater treatment ponds, etc.) are often productive birding sites. Accordingly, a checklist of Minnesota’s 370 known sewage ponds is included here.

~ Most recent update March 2016 ~

• MBW checklists & quizzes

Included here are checklists with the 363 species recorded on MBWeekends and the 703 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 !?


~  SEPTEMBER 6, 2016  ~

(previous update August 24)



• All 70 Birding by Hindsight articles have been proofread and edited,

   with several changes made in their wording and layout.

• Summaries of the three most recent MBWs: the Big Bend MBWeek, plus

   the Northwest MN and Morris MBWeekends.  

• The current registration status as of September 6 for all MBWeekends

   and MBWeeks on the 2016-17 schedule, along with their complete

   descriptions and summaries of previous MBWs.

Ivory Gull

Duluth MBWeekend

January 2016

(Linda Sparling photo)

Montezuma Quail

Southeast Arizona MBWeek

August 2015

(Kim Eckert photo)