Wild Times on Skidaway Island, Georgia’s Historic Rain Rorest, details life in a unique Audubon-designated, ecologically friendly refuge. There, golfers pitch balls around endangered great blue herons and wield nine-irons to shoo deer off fairways. Mama raccoons march their babies across backyard decks where once Guale Indians trapped and ate ancestors of the same raccoons. Residents dodge alligators and rescue snakes, after a sufficient number of cocktails.Even the vegetation is wild. Three hundred-year-old oaks dripping Spanish moss and poison ivy surmount an understory of wax myrtle and holly. Carolina jasmine, Cherokee roses and endangered orchids grow wild in the rain forest. The book examines choices residents make when stared down by a bald eagle, when a red-tailed hawk mistakes a golf ball for bird food when awakened at midnight by deer munching hibiscus. Wild Times on Skidaway Island educates readers about the species that residents must adapt to on this historic island.
About the Author
Karen Dove Barr is a lawyer who has lived on Skidaway Island since 1989. She is a native Georgian with a B.A. from Mercer University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. Karen is the author of Running through Menopause, a book about becoming a long-distance runner at age fifty. Her essays have appeared in Runners’ World, Fitness Magazine, Dog Fancy, Coastal Senior, and Savannah Magazine, and she has been a columnist for several local publications.