My thanks to all those who have provided information for portions of these Corrections and Additions; those indicated in boldface contributed to this present update: Sandy Aubol, Jim Barrett, Dave Bartkey, Lon Baumgardt, Betsy Beneke, Bill Blackburn, William Brown, Cindy Butler, Dave Cahlander, Judy Chucker, Cathy Clayton, Shawn Conrad, Ted Dick, Herb Dingmann, Bob Dunlap, Bob Ekblad, Claudia Egelhoff, 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, 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, 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, and Ned Winters.
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~ INTRODUCTION ~
Publication Data (page ii)
A Birder's Guide to Minnesota is now out-of-print.
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 http://maps.google.com. 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 moumn.org/avian/overlay.php: 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 MBWbirds.com 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 http://mbwbirds.com/sewage-ponds.html 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 http://dnr.state.mn.us/snas/index.html.
The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota has a new address (1101 West River Pkwy., Minneapolis 55415) and e-mail (email@example.com). Their guide to the state's preserves is no longer in print, but information on each site is still available on-line at http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/minnesota/placesweprotect/index.htm.
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: www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore.
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 (www.adventurepublications.net).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The state highway map, along with maps of several Minnesota cities, can also be downloaded at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/statemap.
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 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/maps/gdma/maps-county-alpha.html.
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 http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5157990.pdf); 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 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/list.html. Free pdfs of the Department of Natural Resources County Biological Survey maps are also available at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/mcbs/maps.html.
Maps and other information for the Minnesota River Valley, Great River, and North Shore birding trails are now available at http://mn.audubon.org/birding-minnesota.
References and Resources / Checklists (p. 8)
Bob Ekblad's website address is now birding-minnesota.com. 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 http://moumn.org/docs/mnchecklist.pdf.
References and Resources / Hotlines (p. 8)
The Duluth Birding Report telephone number has been discontinued, but the report is still available on-line at http://moumn.org/duluth.html. The Statewide RBA is no longer in operation, either by telephone or on-line.
References and Resources / Bird Clubs (p. 8)
The MOU's new website address is moumn.org.
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 email@example.com; the Minnesota Birding Weekends schedule is at http://mbwbirds.com/mbweekends.html.
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 (http://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/events/festival-of-birds) and the Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival (http://www.saxzimbirdingfestival.com).
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 www.wrcmn.org.
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 www.hawkridge.org).
References and Resources / A Birder's Guide to Birders (p. 9-10)
The MOU's listservice has a new address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (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, the best resource for reporting and receiving news of significant bird sightings, are available on the MOU's website (http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=MOU-NET).
Kim Eckert's contact information is 1921 W. Kent Rd., Duluth 55812; telephone (218) 349-5953; e-mail email@example.com. There are also new e-mail addresses for: Tony Hertzel (firstname.lastname@example.org), Craig Mandel (email@example.com), Dave Benson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mike Hendrickson (email@example.com), Jim Lind (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Peder Svingen (email@example.com); Warren Nelson is now deceased. (Also note that there have been some changes in the mailing addresses and phone numbers for some contacts, but these are not updated here since the preferred way to contact birders to request information is generally by e-mail.)
~ ANNOTATED LIST OF MINNESOTA BIRDS ~
The MOU Records Committee now recognizes a total of 442 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, 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, Acorn Woodpecker, Tropical Kingbird, and Cassin's Kingbird; in addition, Thayer's Gull (lumped with Iceland Gull) and Black Phoebe have been deleted from the list. As of June 2017, there are 316 species classified as Regular, 39 Casual, 84 Accidental, 2 Extirpated, and 1 Extinct; see http://moumn.org/mourc/checklist.php 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
• 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 http://www.birdnerdz.net: a
compilation of the series of 70 "Birding by Hindsight" articles; also see http://mbwbirds.com/birding-by-hindsight.html).
• 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
• 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: http://moumn.org/cgi-bin/rqd.pl?op=new.
~ APPENDIX B (p. 249) ~
See http://moumn.org/Checklist_2017.pdf for an updated version of this one-page checklist of Minnesota birds.
A Birder's Guide to Minnesota
~ CORRECTIONS and ADDITIONS as of JUNE 2017 ~
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.
Accordingly, please contact the author with new information you are aware of so this can be passed on to other Minnesota birders: either send by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by U.S. mail to Kim Eckert, 1921 W. Kent Rd., Duluth, MN 55812.
Boldface type indicates new revisions since the previous update (March 2017). These current revisions are in the Introduction (Suggestions to the Birder) and in the following counties: Marshall, Polk, Mahnomen, Becker, Clay, Pope, Big Stone, Chippewa, Lyon, Redwood, Watonwan, and Murray in the West Region; Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Carver, and Todd in the Southeast Region; and Crow WIng, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis in the Northeast Region.