Book List

Here is a list of books to get started. These deal with the natural environment. For books about the history and culture of your part of the Northeast Creek basin, visit your county library’s North Carolina Collection.


Michael A. Godfrey, Field Guide to the Piedmont: the Natural Habitats of America’s Most Lived-In Region, from New York City to Montgomery, Alabama, University of North Carolina Press, 1997

David Cook, Robin Smith (editors), Susan Beebe, Emma Skurnich (illustrator), The Piedmont Almanac – The Central Region: A Guide to the Natural World, 2001

Southeastern States Field Guides

Peter Alden, Gil Nelson, Harry Zirlin, Johnathan D. Kahl, Eric A. Oches, Wendy B. Zomiefer, National Audubon Society Field Guide: Regional Guide to the Southeastern States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Knopf, 1999

Geology and Soils

Kevin G. Stewart and Mary-Russell Roberson, Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas: A Field Guide to Favorite Places from Chimney Rock to Charleston, University of North Carolina Press,2007

James D. Nardi, Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners, University of Chicago Press, 2007


E. C. Pielou, Fresh Water, University of Chicago Press, 1998


Larry N. Brown, A Guide to the Mammals of the Southeastern United States, University of Tennesee Press, 1997

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World, Harper, 2009


David Allen Sibley, The Sibley Guide to Birds – Second Edition, Knopf, 2014

David Allen Sibley, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, Knopf, 2003


Whit Gibbons, Judy Greene, and Tony Mills, Lizards and Crocodilians of the Southeast, University of Georgia Press, 2009

Whit Gibbons and Mike Dorcas, Snakes of the Southeast, University of Georgia Press, 2015

Kurt Buhlmann, Tracy Tuberville, and Whit Gibbons, Turtles of the Southeast, University of Georgia Press, 2008


Mike Dorcas and Whit Gibbons, Frogs and Toads of the Southeast, University of Georgia Press, 2008

Joe Mitchell and Whit Gibbons, Salamanders of the Southeast, University of Georgia Press, 2010


Christopher Leahy, Peterson First Guides: Insects of North America, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998


Timothy P. Spira, Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Bruce A. Sorrie, A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, 2011

Albert E. Radford, Barry Ahles, C.Ritchie Bell, Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, The University of North Carolina Press, 1965

James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller, Forest Plants of the Southeast and their Wildlife Uses, University of Georgia Press, 2005

David Allen Sibley, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Knopf, 2009

Invasive Plants

Teri Dunn Chace, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants, Timber Press, 2012

C. Colston Burrell, Janet Marinelli, and Bonnie Harper-Love, Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Inc., 2006

Native Plants

Harry R. Phillips, Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers: An Easy-to-Use Guide for All Gardeners, The University of North Carolina Press, 1985

Richard E. Bir, Growing and Propagating Showy Native Woody Plants, University of North Carolina Press, 1992

Plant Identification

Thomas J. Elpel, Botany in a Day: the Patterns Method of Plant Identification; Thomas J. Elpel’s Field Guide to Plant Families, HOPS Press, 2010

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