My thanks to all those who have provided information over the years for portions of these Corrections and Additions: Sandy Aubol, Jim Barrett, Dave Bartkey, Lon Baumgardt, Betsy Beneke, Bill Blackburn, William Brown, Cindy Butler, Jason Caddy, Dave Cahlander, Judy Chucker, Cathy Clayton, Shawn Conrad, Ted Dick, Herb Dingmann, Bob Dunlap, Bob Ekblad, Rebecca Engdahl, Claudia Egelhoff, Kimberly Emerson, Ron Erpelding, Michael Evans, Andy Forbes, Ben Fritchman, Julie Grahn, Janet Green, Chad Heins, Tony Hertzel, John Hockema, Richard Hoeg, Bob Holtz, Allison Jensen, Doug Johnson, Jeanie Joppru, Kate Kelnberger, Doug Kieser, Chuck Krulas, Fred Lesher, Jim Lind, Molly Malacek, Norma Malinowski, Bill Marengo, Barb & Denny Martin, Jim Mattsson, Doug Mayo, Allan Meadows, Gretchen Mehmel, Scott Meyer, John Moriarty, Warren Nelson, Andy Nyhus, Bob O’Connor, Jerry Pruett, Cindy & Kim Risen, Bob Russell, Julian Sellers, Brian Smith, Tony Smith, Linda Sparling, Bill Stauffer, Sparky Stensaas, Jeff Stephenson, Shelley Steva, Sid Stivland, Steve Stucker, Karen Sussman, Peder Svingen, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Howard Towle, Ken Vail, John Voz, Josh Wallestad, Garrett Wee, Ben Wieland, Larry Wilebski, Steve Wilson, Ned Winters, and Ric Zarwell.

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Suggestions to the Birder / Shorebirds and Sewage Ponds (p. 5)


Some additional comments about sewage ponds:


• The best and most accurate on-line source for locating sewage ponds (and just about everything else) is Google Maps These maps are based on satellite photos, which were not readily available in 2002, and this guide's original directions to some ponds often had to rely on less accurate sources. Accordingly, corrections to some directions have been necessary in previous updates, and, with the help of Google Maps, dozens of other sewage ponds not included in this guide in 2002 have been located. (Note, however, that Google Maps are not infallible: they are subject to human error when streets and roads are labeled, and a sewage pond can appear or disappear after the satellite photo of the area was taken.)

There is a new and very useful tool on the M.O.U. website showing maps of all Minnesota sewage ponds at 1) select the Satellite and Sewage Ponds overlays (you can disregard the species at the top of the side-bar); 2) check the Sewage Ponds expand-menu box; 3) click on the town name in this menu, and zoom in on the map as needed to see the pond. (Please note that this compilation of sewage ponds includes entries for several non-municipal ponds and for some which are now non-existent or being phased out of use; these are not included in the checklist.)


• Keep in mind that most sewage ponds are not worth going too far out of your way for: many are too small to attract that many birds, very few are consistently good for shorebirds (they tend to be better for ducks, grebes, gulls, terns, and swallows), and some are hidden behind berms and fences and impossible to see without venturing beyond those fences or without permission to gain access. On the other hand, however, almost all sewage ponds can be worth a look if you happen to be in the vicinity, especially in areas where there are few other wetlands to attract water birds.


• When trying to find sewage pond locations, keep in mind that most are 1-3 miles away from towns, usually adjacent to rivers or creeks (to handle water discharges or overflows), and the fenced berms around them are typically the most noticeable feature you'll spot from nearby roads.

• See for a current list of Minnesota's known sewage ponds.

References and Resources / Books (p. 7)


The Minnesota Birds: Status and Occurrence booklet is out-of-print.

The on-line link to Scientific and Natural Area information and maps is now

The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota has a new address (1101 West River Pkwy., Minneapolis 55415) and e-mail ( Their guide to the state's preserves is no longer in print, but information on each site is still available on-line at

The new address of the Minnesota Bookstore is 660 Olive St., St. Paul 55155; they now have a website on which orders can be placed:

The Great River Birding Trail Guide to the Mississippi River Valley and The Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail (17 loops to 132 birding areas in the Minnesota River watershed of western and south-central Minnesota) are available from Adventure Publications (


The Guide to Minnesota's Prairie Passage Route and Sites booklet is out-of-print.

References and Resources / Maps (p. 7-8)


The Minnesota Office of Tourism's toll-free number has changed to (888) 868-7476; their e-mail address is The state highway map, along with maps of several Minnesota cities, can also be downloaded at


The DOT county highway maps are now available from the Minnesota Bookstore (see above). The new address for obtaining Minnesota county maps from the DOT is 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul 55155; telephone (800) 557-3774. These same maps are now available as free pdf downloads at

Minnesota Atlas: A Sportsman's Guide to Public Lands and Water Accesses is out-of-print.

The newest edition of DeLorme's Minnesota Atlas and Gazeteer has been improved, and its design now makes navigation on roads much easier than before. A similar atlas to DeLorme's is the National Geographic's Minnesota Recreational Atlas; this or DeLorme is recommended, although the Geographic atlas is less widely available and usually costs about $5 more.  


The Minnesota Highway and Recreational Atlas (recommended in a previous update) is now out-of-print.

The Chippewa National Forest map now costs $9 and can be ordered on-line or by mail (see; it is also sold at the district ranger stations  in Blackduck, Deer River, and Walker, and at the main office in Cass Lake (see website for address).

Most of Minnesota's state forest maps are available as free pdf downloads at Free pdfs of the Department of Natural Resources County Biological Survey maps are also available at

Maps and other information for the Minnesota River Valley, Great River, and North Shore birding trails are now available at

References and Resources / Checklists (p. 8)

Bob Ekblad's website address is now This website includes good information on birding locations (especially Olmsted County), contacts, and other resources.

The Checklist of the Birds of Minnesota booklet is currently only available on-line at

References and Resources / Hotlines (p. 8)


The Duluth Birding Report and Statewide RBA are no longer in operation, either by telephone or on-line.

References and Resources / Bird Clubs (p. 8)


The MOU's new website address is


To subscribe to the MOU-net listservice, see the instructions at

References and Resources / Birding Tours (p. 8)


The new address of Minnesota Birding Weekends is c/o Kim Eckert, 1921 W. Kent Rd., Duluth 55812, e-mail; the Minnesota Birding Weekends schedule is at

Tours and field trips are also available at birding festivals, and the two in the state which offer the best birding opportunities are the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds ( and the Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival (

References and Resources / University of Minnesota (p. 9)


Although not associated with the university, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is another Twin Cities facility for treatment of injured birds and other wildlife (including raptors when The Raptor Center is closed). Their contact information: 2530 Dale St. N., Roseville 55113, telephone (651) 486- 9453, website

References and Resources / Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve (p. 9)


Memberships and other inquiries about Hawk Ridge should now be sent to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, which manages Hawk Ridge (P. O. Box 3006, Duluth 55803; telephone 218-428-6209; website

References and Resources / A Birder's Guide to Birders (p. 9-10)


The MOU's listservice has a new address: (This address change should also be noted in the Bird Clubs section on page 8.) Also note that the current and previous postings on this listservice are available on the MOU's website (


Some of the birding contacts listed have new contact information (and Warren Nelson is now deceased) which is not lsted here; see for their current addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers.


The MOU Records Committee now recognizes a total of 446 species recorded in the state. Since the publication of A Birder's Guide in 2002, additions to the state list have been: Cackling Goose, Mottled Duck, Tufted Duck, Inca Dove, Mexican Violetear, Costa's Hummingbird, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Long-billed Murrelet, Slaty-backed Gull, Elegant Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Northern Fulmar, Wood Stork, Brown Pelican, Roseate Spoonbill, Acorn Woodpecker, Tropical Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, Cassin's Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch. In addition, Thayer's Gull (lumped with Iceland Gull) and Black Phoebe have been deleted from the list. As of March 2021, there are 315 species classified as Regular, 39 Casual, 89 Accidental, 2 Extirpated, and 1 Extinct; see for the annotated Minnesota checklist with the updated nomenclature and sequence.


A partial list of additional ID reference books (see p. 15) since the 2002 publication of this guide:


• A second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds was published in 2014. 

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern / Western North America (Eastern guide includes Minnesota; smaller and

  more portable than original Sibley Guide, with much material omitted; second editions of both Eastern and Western

  guides were published in 2016).

National Geographic Society Field Guide is now in its 6th edition (includes several significant improvements over the

  previous edition).

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds (a unique and impressive guide, but may be of limited usefulness; includes 660

  species and about 10,000 (!) of Crossley's photos; guides to Waterfowl and Western Birds soon to be published).

Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding (2011; an expanded version of Kaufman's 1990 guide of the same name).

Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges by Thompson et al. (similar in concept to

  Kaufman's Advanced Birding guide).

Birding by Hindsight: A Second Look at Bird Identification by Eckert (Stone Ridge Press, see a

  compilation of the series of 70 "Birding by Hindsight" articles; also see

Raptors of Eastern / Western North America by Wheeler (two large and expensive volumes greatly expand on material in

  the two Clark & Wheeler guides).

Hawks from Every Angle; How to Identify Raptors in Flight by Liguori (recommended guide from 2005 to 19 widespread

  North American species, with 370 photos).

Hawks at a Distance by Ligouri (a 2011 guide which updates and expands on Hawks from Every Angle ).  

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, co-authored with Ligouri and Sullivan (similar in concept to Crossley's Eastern Guide,

  covering all 34 raptor species in the U.S.).

Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide by Paulson (more inclusive and useful than Paulson's other

  shorebirds guide).

The Shorebird Guide by O'Brien, Crossley, and Karlson (new and recommended photographic guide to all species

  recorded in North America; includes 870+ photos and extensive text).

Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia by Message and Taylor (illustrated with paintings, not photos; includes

  non-North American species).

Gulls of North America, Europe, and Asia by Olsen & Larsson (printed in 2003 with many errors, withdrawn by

  publisher, corrected and republished in 2004; far more comprehensive than Grant's gulls guide).

Gulls of the Americas by Howell and Dunn (as comprehensive as Olsen and Larsson’s 2004 gull reference, and this

  newer guide is more user-friendly).

North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide by West (published in 2015, and probably comparable to

  Howell's and Williamson's hummingbirds guides).

The Warbler Guide by Stephenson and Whittle (more comprehensive with more features than the 1997 warbler guide by

  Dunn and Garrett).

Sparrows of the United States and Canada: The Photographic Guide by Beadle and Rising (recommended supplement to

  Rising's other sparrows guide).

Tanagers, Cardinals, and Finches of the United States and Canada by Beadle and Rising (a useful photographic guide

  similar in design to the sparrows guide by these same authors).


~  APPENDIX A (p. 247-248)  ~


Documentation for unusual sightings should now be sent to the MOU Records Committee, c/o the MOU’s website:

~  APPENDIX B (p. 249)  ~

See for an updated version of this one-page checklist of Minnesota birds.

The corrections and additions are on four separate pages:

• INTRODUCTION - Annotated List - Appendices

updates on this page

• Click here for WEST REGION updates

• Click here for SOUTHEAST REGION updates

• Click here for NORTHEAST REGION updates

Although the 4th edition of A Birder's Guide to Minnesota (published in 2002) is now out-of-print, this collection of corrections and additions will continue to be updated as needed to provide those who use this reference to Minnesota's birding locations with the most accurate and up-to-date information available. (Please note that work on a new 5th edition is currently in progress, with publication likely in Summer 2022 – see draft of title page above. Because publication of this edition is only in a few months, these website corrections and additions for the 4th edition have not been updated regularly in the past year as they had in previous years.)

Accordingly, please contact the author with new information you are aware of so this can be passed on to other Minnesota birders: either by e-mail (, or by phone (218 349 5953).

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