MINNESOTA  BIRDING  WEEKENDS

MARCH 2017  -  JANUARY 2018

~  Our 32nd Season  ~


Grand Marais Harbor



Minnesota Birding Weekends & Weeks (MBW), as it begins its 32nd season, continues to offer unique, modestly priced birding trips in association with the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union (we originated back in 1986 as MOU Birding Weekends). After 31 years, we have now had a total of 389 MBWeekends, more than 8,600 registrations, and a composite list of 363 species seen within the state – and note that our modest MBWeekend fees are even lower than last season!


And be aware as well of our "Frequent Birder" Program – i.e., all participants earn $5 "store credit" coupons for each MBWeekend they attend, with these credits accumulating to earn free registrations on future MBWs.


In addition to our selection of MBWeekends, the schedule of the out-of-state MBWeeks will continue; please visit the MBWEEKS page on this website for further information on these.



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BE SURE TO NOTE THE DETAILED INFORMATION ON MBWEEKENDS REGISTRATIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

FOLLOWING THE 2017-18 SCHEDULE.



2017 - 2018 MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKENDS



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MBWEEKENDS


NOTE: Registering for a MBWeekend after it is FILLED

should still be considered since there could be cancellations,

or an additional leader or extra MBWeekend can sometimes

be arranged to accommodate those on the waiting list.

(Full refund of the MBW fee is provided if no vacancies develop.)


CLICK on the MBWEEKENDS BELOW

for summaries of these (or similar) MBWeekends from previous years


(Please note that future changes in this schedule are possible,

and updates on these will appear on this website.)



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March 25 - 26, 2017  •  Southwestern Minnesota

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


April 21 pre-MBW  •  Grant County

April 22 - 23, 2017  •  Rothsay W. M. A., Wilkin County

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


May 12 pre-MBW  •  Watonwan County

May 13 - 14, 2017  •  Cottonwood & Murray Counties   

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


May 26 pre-MBW  •  Fillmore County

May 27 - 28 - 29, 2017  •  Southeastern Minnesota

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


June 16 - 17 - 18, 2017  •  Itasca & Koochiching Counties

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND


July 7 pre-MBW  •  Carlton County

July 8 - 9, 2017  •  Aitkin County

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND  


August 11 pre-MBW  •  Traverse & Grant Counties  

August 12 - 13, 2017  •  Stevens & Big Stone Counties

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND    


September 1 pre-MBW  •  Lake of the Woods County

September 2 - 3 - 4, 2017  •  Northwestern Minnesota

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND   


October 13 pre-MBW  •  Redwood County

October 14 - 15, 2017  •  Lyon & Lincoln Counties

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY OF THIS MBWEEKEND  



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November 2 - 3, 2017    North Shore I •  $40

~  Base Duluth (Nov. 1) & Grand Marais (Nov. 2)  ~


November 4 - 5, 2017  •  North Shore II •  $40

~  Base Duluth (Nov. 3) & Grand Marais (Nov. 4)  ~


The unexpected is literally to be expected here each fall! Past November records include Brant, King Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Purple Sandpiper, Black-legged Kittiwake, both Ancient and Long-billed murrelets, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Fieldfare, Sage Thrasher – plus MBW's Black Guillemot in 2009, Cassin's Kingbird in 2012,  2 Common Eiders in 2014, both Vermilion Flycatcher and White-eyed Vireo in 2015. More likely on this MBW (now a 25+ year tradition) are Long-tailed (and Harlequin?) ducks, all three scoters, un-common loons, Thayer's or Glaucous gull, Black-backed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird or a Townsend's Solitaire, Bohemian Waxwing, and winter finches.


STATUS as of 19 OCTOBER 2017:


• North Shore I MBW  –  4  VACANCIES (21 confirmed / limit 26 with 2 leaders)

• North Shore II MBW  –  FILLED  (15 confirmed / 0 on waiting list / limit 15)


~  See NOTE under CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on registering for FILLED MBWs  ~


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January 6-7, 2018  •  Winter Duluth I •  $40

~  Base Duluth  ~

January 8, 2018 post-MBW  •  Winter Duluth II •  $25

~  Base Duluth  ~


(Note that the January 5 pre-MBW has been changed to a January 8 post-MBW.)

  

Despite the cold, this popular MBW tradition continues with so many possibilities to begin one's year list: Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, northern owls (especially Great Gray, Northern Hawk, and Snowy), Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, Snow Bunting, grosbeaks, crossbills, redpolls, and more. And we'll also hope for the unexpected: a Harlequin or other rare duck (like 2015's Common Eider), an unusual gull (like 2016's Ivory Gull!), or a Gyrfalcon in pursuit of pigeons on the lakeshore; a Spruce Grouse or American Three-toed Woodpecker in a remote spruce bog; a Townsend's Solitaire, Varied Thrush, or even a Boreal Owl lurking in someone's yard.


Because Minnesota's sought-after specialties are so highly sought and often so difficult to find, and since the possibility of heavy snow or extreme cold could negatively impact our travel and birding plans, this extra day should prove useful. The itinerary this day will depend on how we did on the two previous days – i.e., devoted to finding any key species we might have missed earlier, or to covering any birding areas we might not have had time for.


STATUS as of 19 OCTOBER 2017:


• Winter Duluth I MBW  –  FILLED  (15 confirmed / 4 on waiting list / limit 15)

• post-MBW  –  2  VACANCIES  (13 confirmed / limit 15)


~  See NOTE under CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on registering for FILLED MBWs  ~

  



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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MBWEEKENDS


NOTE: Registering for a MBWeekend after it is FILLED

should still be considered since there could be cancellations,

or an additional leader or extra MBWeekend can sometimes

be arranged to accommodate those on the waiting list.

(Full refund of the MBW fee is provided if no vacancies develop.)



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• MBWeekend registrations and fees will be accepted on a “first-come-first-served" basis, based on U.S. mail postmarks (i.e., the date the registration is mailed, not the date it is received). And please note that some MBWEEKENDS CAN BECOME FILLED MONTHS IN ADVANCE. The maximum numbrer of confirmed registrations for most MBWeekends is 15 participants.


Multiple MBWs can be included on a single registration form and on a single check: please make checks payable to M.B.W. All MBW registrations must include an e-mail address. Unless a MBW is filled, checks are deposited as they are received and registrations are confirmed by e-mail.


• A MBWeekend’s meeting time and place, lodging options, the participants list, car-pooling information, etc, are sent by e-mail to those registered, usually about one month before the MBW. Unless stated otherwise, MBWeekends normally begin at dawn on Saturday, end early afternoon on Sunday (or on Monday for 3-day MBWs), and are typically based in the same city on Friday and Saturday nights.


The Friday pre-Weekends may be taken separately or along with the corresponding MBWs on the following days in adjacent counties.


Transportation, meals, and lodging are not included in the MBWeekend fees. Participants can make arrangements to car pool to the base city or to share lodging – a participants list and lodging options in the base city are included with the e-mailed information about the MBW. Participants will be able to bring their own food along for meals and/or to eat at restaurants. Birding during MBWeekends is by car-pooled caravans and normally limited to four vehicles.


All MBW participants are expected to be Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union members (see http://moumn.org/join.html for membership information).


Please note these changes in policy on MBWeekend cancellations:


  Confirmed registrants who cancel at least 10 days in advance of a MBWeekend will receive MBW "store credit" (not a refund) of the MBW's fee; this credit can be applied to any future MBWeekend or MBWeek. Any store credits for cancellations less than 10 days in advance of the MBWwould depend on the individual circumstances.


  If you are placed on a waiting list for a MBWeekend, you will receive a full refund of your MBWeekend fee (not just "store credit") if not enough cancellations/vacancies ever occur for you to be confirmed. (MBWeekends which are canceled or shortened due to severe weather, limited lodging, leader unavailability, etc., would also result in full or pro-rated refunds.)


  If you request to be removed from a waiting list at any time, you will receive MBW "store credit" of the full MBW fee. These credits can be applied to any future MBWeekend or MBWeek fee or deposit.