Well-trained Bear Hounds

Excerpt from Francis Harper’s Mammals of the Okefinokee Swamp, published March 1927: Hounds are generally used for locating and following a Bear’s trail. A great deal depends on the courage and tenacity of the hounds, for if they do not close with the bear, it readily makes off through the thickest portions of the swamp atContinue reading “Well-trained Bear Hounds”

Okefenokee Primeval Prairies

An excerpt from Francis Harper’s 1913 paper “A Biological Reconnaissance of the Okefinokee Swamp”, published in The Auk, the official publication of the American Ornithological Society: “In the eastern United States few, if any, areas of equal extent afford such exceptional opportunities for the study of animal life in a primeval state as does Okefinokee Swamp.  The ‘prairies’Continue reading “Okefenokee Primeval Prairies”

Francis Harper’s Okefenokee Florida Barred Owl

In October 1913, Francis Harper explored the Okefenokee Swamp and published his journal in The Auk, the official publication of the American Ornithological Society. FLORIDA BARRED OWL; ‘ Deer Owl’; ‘Hoot Owl.’- Very common. Its deep, booming cry is sure to be heard at night, and is so characteristic of the Okefinokee that the natives use it as one ofContinue reading “Francis Harper’s Okefenokee Florida Barred Owl”