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Subject:Minn Birding Weekends/Weeks (MBW) update
From:Kim Richard Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kim Richard Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:14:29 -0600
Content-Type:text/plain

Following is an update to the status of the MBWeekends and MBWeeks in  
the 2010-11 MBW season. Note that this is our 25th season in  
association with the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union: we started back  
in 1986 under the name MOU Birding Weekends. To celebrate this  
milestone, a special Memorial Day MBW based at Deep Portage  
Conservation Reserve in Cass Co. has been scheduled, and there is  
still room for additional registrations.

The status of each MBW as of February 20 is listed below, and note  
that some are already filled. However, it still may be worth  
registering for a filled MBW since there could be cancellations, or an  
additional leader or extra tour can sometimes be arranged to  
accommodate those on waiting lists. For example, an extra Rock- 
Pipestone MBWeekend has been scheduled, and the Churchill,  
Newfoundland, and California MBWeeks will again be scheduled in  
2011-12, with those on current waiting lists confirmed for next year.  
(Of course, the MBW fees/deposits of those who remain on waiting lists  
will be refunded.)

Besides the additional Rock-Pipestone MBW, note that a second leader  
has been found for 3 formerly filled MBWeekends to accommodate extra  
participants (Northwestern Minn, Lyon-Lincoln, and North Shore). Also  
note the 2010 Platte River MBW has been canceled, and that the  
December-January Texas MBW might be rescheduled for February 2011.

For more complete information on all this, be sure to visit the  
MBWbirds website, http://mbwbirds.com, which has recently been  
updated. New MBW summaries have been included, along with several  
photos to supplement some summaries. (Elsewhere on MBWbirds.com,  
you'll find a new update to A Birder's Guide to Minnesota, and in the  
near future an ID References page, a photo gallery section, and  
additional "Birding by Hindsight" articles will be added.)

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Kim Eckert
eckertkr@gmail.com
http://mbwbirds.com


2010-11 MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKENDS

 April 3-4 / Houston & Winona Counties / $40 (Base La Crosse WI)
 pre-MBW option / April 2 / Goodhue & Wabasha Co's / $25 (Base Red  
Wing)

   STATUS: FILLED, with 0 on waiting list (limit 15 participants;  
vacancies remain on pre-MBW option)

 May 15-16 / Rock and Pipestone Counties / $50 (Base Luverne)

   STATUS: FILLED (limit 15 participants), with 12 on waiting list  
eligible to be confirmed for May 22-23

 May 22-23 / Rock and Pipestone Counties / $50 (Leader Craig Mandel;  
Base Luverne)




   STATUS: minimum of 3 vacancies (limit 15 participants), depending  
on how many on May 15-16 waiting list choose to be confirmed for this  
second MBW

 May 29-30-31 / MBW 25th YEAR CELEBRATION / Deep Portage Conservation  
Reserve, Cass Co. / $200*
   (*Note: fee includes 3 nights lodging and 7 meals)
 pre-MBW option / May 28 / Morrison Co. / $30 (Base Little Falls)

   STATUS: 46 registered (no limit on participants)

 June 19-20 / Lake of the Woods County / $50 (Leader Craig Mandel;  
Base  
Baudette 
)                                                                               pre 
-MBW option / June 18 / Beltrami Co. / $30 (Base Bemidji)

   STATUS: FILLED, with 8 on waiting list (limit 15 participants;  
vacancies remain on pre-MBW option)

 August 21-22 / Stevens & Traverse & Big Stone Counties / $45 (Base  
Morris)
 pre-MBW option / Aug. 20 / Douglas Co. / $30 (Base Alexandria)

   STATUS: 4 vacancies (limit 15 participants)

 September 4-5-6 / Northwestern Minnesota / $70 (Base Hallock)
 pre-MBW option / Sept. 3 / eastern Roseau Co. / $25 (Base Warroad)

   STATUS: 8 vacancies (2nd leader recently added; participants limit  
raised to 30)

 September 25 / Duluth I / $20 (Base Duluth)
 September 26 / Duluth II / $20 (Base Duluth)
 pre-MBW option / Sept. 24 / North Shore / $25 (Base Duluth)

   STATUS: 11 vacancies Sept 25; 12 vacancies Sept 26 (limit 15  
participants each day)

 October 9-10 / Lyon & Lincoln Counties / $40 (Base Marshall)
 pre-MBW option / Oct. 8 / Minnesota River Valley / $25 (Base Redwood  
Falls)

   STATUS: 12 vacancies (2nd leader recently added; participants limit  
raised to 30)

 October 23-24 / Polk County / $40 (Base Crookston)
 pre-MBW option / Oct. 22 / Mahnomen Co. / $25 (Base Mahnomen)

   STATUS: FILLED, with 0 on waiting list (limit 15 participants;  
vacancies remain on pre-MBW option)

 November 6-7 / North Shore of Lake Superior / $35 (Base Duluth /  
Grand Marais)
 pre-MBW option / Nov. 5 / Duluth / $20 (Base Duluth)

   STATUS: 6 vacancies (2nd leader recently added; participants limit  
raised to 30)

 January 8-9, 2011 / Duluth III / $30 (Base Duluth)

   STATUS: 6 vacancies (limit 15 participants)

2010-11 MINNESOTA BIRDING WEEKS

 April 10 - 18, 2010 / Colorado Grouse / $100 deposit

   STATUS: FILLED with 1 on waiting list (limit 13 participants)

 May 1 - 9, 2010 / Big Bend, Davis Mts., Texas Hill Country / $100  
deposit

   STATUS: FILLED with 0 on waiting list (limit 13 participants)

 June 5 - 13, 2010 / Churchill (plus SW Manitoba option June 13-15) /  
$100 deposit

   STATUS: FILLED with 4 on waiting list (limit 11 participants);  
those on waiting list may elect to be confirmed for 2011

 July 5 - 18, 2010 / Nova Scotia & Newfoundland / $100 deposit

   STATUS: FILLED with 9 on waiting list (limit 13 participants);  
those on waiting list may elect to be confirmed for 2011

 July 31-August 8, 2010 / Southeast Arizona I / $100 deposit

   STATUS: 3 vacancies (limit 13 participants)

 December 27, 2010-January 2, 2011 / South Texas / $100 deposit

   STATUS: 11 vacancies (limit 13 participants); may be rescheduled  
for February if there is more interest in those dates (see below)

 January 22 - 29, 2011 / Southern California / $100 deposit

   STATUS: FILLED with 1 on waiting list (limit 12 participants);  
those on waiting list may elect to be confirmed for 2012

 January 30-February 6, 2011 / Southeast Arizona II / $100 deposit

   STATUS: 3 vacancies (limit 12 participants)

[ February 19 - 27, 2011 / South Texas / $100 deposit  STATUS: a  
tentative rescheduling if there is more interest in these dates]





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