~  25 JULY 2015  ~

(previous update 13 July)

Northern Hawk Owl, Winter Duluth I MBWeekend, January 2015 (Pat Bacchetti photo)


Hook-billed Kite, South Texas MBWeek, February 2015 (Paul Budde photo)

2015 - 2016

MBWeekends & MBWeeks

~  Our 30th Season  ~

Minnesota Birding Weekends  ~  2015-16 Season

Minnesota Birding Weeks & Weekends (MBW) now enters its 30th season offering unique, modestly priced in-state birding weekends (all only $30 to celebrate our 30th year!) in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (these MBWeekends originated back in 1986 with the name MOU Birding Weekends). We have now had nearly 360 MBWeekends, more than 7,800 registrations, a composite list of 361 species seen in the state, and all 87 Minnesota counties have been included on our MBWeekend itineraries over the years.

Click here for the complete descriptions and current registration status of the 2015-16 MBWeekends.

Minnesota Birding Weeks  ~  2015-16 Season

In addition to our assortment of MBWeekends, this season’s schedule of out-of-state MBWeeks (there have been more than 80 since 1988, with no fewer than 690 species recorded) will include South Florida, Magee Marsh (OH) & Point Pelee (ON), Newfoundland & Nova Scotia, southeast Arizona, Washington & British Columbia, and South Texas. And be sure to note the inexpensive cost of MBWeeks – typically less than half (and sometimes closer to a third!) the price of similar trips offered by other tour companies.

Click here for the complete descriptions and current registration status of the 2015-16 MBWeeks.

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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 (and on the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union website). 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 July 2015 ~

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 (which are also known as sewage lagoons, settling ponds, wastewater treatment ponds, etc.) are often productive birding sites. Accordingly, a checklist of Minnesota’s 360+ known sewage ponds is included here.

~ Most recent update July 2015 ~

MBW checklists & quizzes

Included here are checklists with the 362 species recorded on MBWeekends and the 696 species found on MBWeeks & MBWeekends combined. In addition, two quizzes are presented to enhance your knowledge of the 30-year history of MBWs and 30 of the idioms often heard on MBWs.

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For additional information on MBWbirds.com, contact Kim R. Eckert at eckertkr@gmail.com or 218 349 5953. Also available are GUIDING SERVICES for those interested in arranging other personal or group tours 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 !?