Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region


Wildlife abound in the Okefenokee year-round. Black bear move throughout the swamp seeking food. Otter are commonly seen during cold weather, when alligators are relatively inactive. Alligators are active in the summer and are observed sunning on banks mostly during spring and fall.

There is no need to fear snakes or alligators as long as normal precautions are taken and animals or nests are not disturbed. Food attracts animals, so use good camp hygiene: do not feed the wildlife, do not wash dishes in the water, pick up crumbs, secure food within wildlife-proof containers and/or hang away from an animal’s reach. If animals become too aggressive, they may have to be relocated. Help keep them in their home territory.

Open prairies are good places to view wading birds such as egrets, herons, white ibis, wood storks, and sandhill cranes. Warbler viewing is good in the scrub-shrub areas. Turkey vultures often circle overhead - (don't take it as an omen--they do it all the time!) Many species of hawks and some waterfowl also reside in the swamp. If you are a birder and are interested in helping the refuge staff collect data, request a bird survey form when you make your reservation.


Resource Management

Upland Forest Management Fire and Aviation G.O.A.L Wildlife Management
Upland.pdf Fire.pdf Goal.pdf Wildlife.pdf
Red Cocaded Woodpeckers Black Bears Air Quality  
RCW.pdf Bears.pdf Air.pdf


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Last updated: March 2, 2012