About the Okefenokee

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia USA


The Okefenokee is the largest blackwater swamp in North America. The majority of the swamp lies within the state of Georgia, but straddles the border into Florida. It is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness. Its Native American name means “The Land of Trembling Earth”.

Books in my Okefenokee Library

I have read these books repeatedly over the years and they are the sources of much of the information contained in my Okefenokee blogs.

  • Bowman, Clint. Okefenokee Tales. Zaltbommel, Netherlands, Van Haren Publishing, 2015.
  • Constantino G and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 2006. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: Comprehensive Conservation Plan (https://ecos.fws.gov/ServCat/DownloadFile/1508)
  • Folkerts, George, and Lucian Niemeyer. Okefenokee. University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
  • Georgia Wildlife Federation. The Okefenokee Swamp. Natural Georgia Series, Volume 6, Number 1. Georgia Wildlife Press, 1997.
  • Harper, Francis, and Delma Eugene Presley. Okefinokee Album. Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam University Press, 1981.
  • Harper, Francis. The Mammals of the Okefinokee Swamp Region of Georgia. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 1927.
  • Hartley, Tommy. The Last Remaining Indian in the Okefenokee Swamp. LAH Publishing Company, Georgia, 2003.
  • Knox, Rose, and Graham Schorb. Old Tales of the Forgotten South in a Georgia-Florida Swamp. Florida Historical Society Press, 2018.
  • Matschat, Cecile Hulse. Ladd of the Big Swamp: A Story of the Okefenokee Settlement. The John C. Winston Co., 1954.
  • Matschat, Cecile Hulse, and Key Alexander. Suwannee River: Strange Green Land. The Literary Guild of America, Inc., 1938.
  • McQueen, A.S. and Hamp Mizell. History of the Okefenokee Swamp. 1926. Reprinted by Charlton County Historical Society, Georgia
  • Morgan, Wayne and Don Berryhill. Okefenokee Swamp – Wild & Natural. Zirkle Press, LLC, 2013.
  • Nelson, Megan Kate. Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp. University of Georgia Press, 2009.
  • Okefenokee Joe. Swampwise. Okefenokee Joe Enterprises, 2017.
  • O’Neill, D., Dominque, E. A., & Domingue, E. . Paddling Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Falcon, 1998.
  • Pendleton, Louis. In the Okefenokee: A Story of War Time and the Great Georgia Swamp. United States, Roberts Brothers, 1895.
  • Petty, Marsanne. The Okefenokee Expeditions of 1875 (A Newspaper Capers Book). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
  • Polseno, Jo. Secrets of a Cypress Swamp. Golden Press, New York, 1976.
  • Schoettle, T., & van Couvering, L. . A Naturalist’s Guide to the Okefenokee Swamp. H. E. Taylor Schoettle, 2002.
  • Trowell, C.T.. The Suwannee Canal Company in the Okefenokee Swamp. South Georgia College, 1984
  • Wright, Albert Hazen. Life-Histories of the Frogs of Okefinokee Swamp, Georgia. Comstock Pub. Associates, 2002.
  • Wright, Albert and Francis Harper. A Biological Reconnaissance of the Okefinokee Swamp: The Birds. The Auk, Vol. 30, No. 4 (Oct., 1913), pp. 477-505 Published by: Oxford University Press. Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4072048

Other related books used in preparing my blogs

  • Bartram, William, and Thomas Slaughter. William Bartram: Travels and Other Writings. Library of America, 1996.
  • Brown, Larry. A Guide to the Mammals of the Southeastern United States. University of Tennessee Press, 1997.
  • Gibbons, Whit, et al. Turtles of the Southeast Illustrated, University of Georgia Press, 2008.
  • Gibbons, Whit, et al. Lizards and Crocodilians of the Southeast. Illustrated, University of Georgia Press, 2009.
  • Gibbons, Whit and Joe Mitchell. Salamanders of the Southeast . Illustrated, University of Georgia Press, 2010.
  • Gibbons, Whit and Michael Dorcas. Frogs and Toads of the Southeast. University of Georgia Press, 2008.
  • Gibbons, Whit, et al. Snakes of the Southeast. University of Georgia Press, 2005.
  • Gove, Doris. Audubon Guide to the National Wildlife Refuges: Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South … Guides to the National Wildlife Refuges).St. Martin’s Griffin, 2000.
  • Halfpenny, James, et al. Scats and Tracks of the Southeast. Falcon, 2002.
  • McCollum, Jerry, et al. Georgia Wildlife Viewing Guide. Lenz Design & Communications, 1996.
  • McIlhenny, E. The Alligator’s Life History. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 1976.
  • Okefenokee Joe. Snake Hunter Snake Talk. Okefenokee Joe Enterprises, 2019.
  • Ouchley, K.. American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World. University Press of Florida, 2013.
  • Rudloe, Jack. The Wilderness Coast. Zaltbommel, Netherlands, Van Haren Publishing, 2004.
  • Torrey, Bradford. A Florida Sketch-Book. Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1894. https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/59608/pg59608-images.html
  • Vliet, Kent, and Wayne Lynch. Alligators: The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation. Illustrated, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020.

Related photography books in my collection

  • Gomersall, Chris. Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography. Reprint, Frances Lincoln, 2012.
  • Lepp, George, and Kathryn Vincent Lepp. Wildlife Photography: Stories from the Field. 1st ed., Lark Books, 2010.
  • Littlehales, Bates, and Rulon Simmons. National Geographic Photographing Birds. National Geographic, 2006.
  • Tipling, David. The Bird Photography Field Guide: The Essential Handbook for Capturing Birds with Your Digital SLR (The Field Guide Series). 1st ed., Focal Press, 2011.
  • Weston, Chris. Nature Photography: Insider Secrets from the World’s Top Digital Photography Professionals. 1st ed., Focal Press, 2008.