2017-2018

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 363 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 ~


MBWbirds.com

~  OCTOBER 19, 2017  ~

(previous update September 22)


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WHAT'S NEW IN THIS (AND RECENT) UPDATES:


• Summaries of the most recent MBWs: the Redwood-Lyon-Lincoln Co's

  MBWeekend, and the Washington - Br. Columbia MBWeek (which included

  Swallow-tailed Gull – #709 on the all-time MBW composite list).


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

  schedule, along with their complete descriptions and summaries from

  previous years.


• The 3rd printing of the "Birding By Hindsight" book (published by Stone

  Ridge Press (see http://www.birdnerdz.net) now features new front and back  

  covers.


And in other recent updates last summer...


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

  Minnesota.

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

  including a link to maps of all the ponds.



Spruce Grouse

NW Minn. MBWeekend

September 2017

Laysan Albatross

Washington - B.C. MBWeek

September 2017

• 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 and new covers on the 3rd edition – included an installment in every issue of The Loon, journal of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, from 1995 to 2012.


PLEASE NOTE: THE BASIC 2018-19 SCHEDULE OF

MBWEEKS AND MBWEEKENDS WILL BE PUBLISHED

ON THIS WEBSITE AND IN THE M.O.U. NEWSLETTER

IN EARLY NOVEMBER.

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THE COMPLETE 2018-19 SCHEDULE WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL MBWs AND OTHER INFORMATION WILL BE PUBLISHED HERE ON MBWBIRDS.COM ON NOVEMBER 19.

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THE OPENING DATES OF REGISTRATIONS WILL BE

NOVEMBER 20-26 FOR MBWEEKS (ONE PER DAY)

AND NOVEMBER 27 FOR MBWEEKENDS.

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THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR ALL MBWs WILL CHANGE, WITH ALL REGISTRATIONS BY E-MAIL AND

NO ADVANCE PAYMENT OF MBWEEKEND FEES

OR MBWEEK DEPOSITS.