On June 30, Supported by Georgia Humanities through appropriations made by the Georgia General Assembly, Carol Ruckdeschel will be in Atlanta for a talk and book-signing at Fernbank Science Center; the event will kick off a six-week exhibit of extraordinary Cumberland images by Diane Kirkland, a photographer for the state of Georgia for 25-years with deep experience in depicting the beauty and cultural traditions of Georgia. The Cumberland exhibit is intended to bring greater awareness of this historic barrier island, its treasures and its continuing need of protection.
Carol's talk begins promptly at 4:30 pm in the planetarium and you must be seated by this time. People can arrive at 4 pm, get some refreshments (lemonade, cookies, etc.), buy books, etc., see the exhibit or file into the planetarium.Parking is available across the street from the FSC at Fernbank Elementary School.
Having lived on Cumberland Island for more than forty years, Carol Ruckdeschel's goal has been to document present conditions of the island's flora and fauna, establishing a baseline from which to assess future changes. Since the late 1960s, she has witnessed many changes and trends that are often overlooked by those carrying out short-term observations. This compilation of data, along with historic information, presents the most comprehensive picture of the island's flora, fauna, geology, and ecology to date.
Carol is a force of nature, at once a smiling, soft-spoken educator and a fierce protector of the island that has her heart: the place she immediately wanted to know all about, when she first traveled there in the 1960s, and that inspired her “self-imposed job.” The study of sea turtles initially consumed Carol’s island life and led to her being known as the “Jane Goodall of sea turtles.” More recently, she has focused on the whole ecology of the island and last year published “A Natural History of Cumberland Island”
Fernbank Science Center