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Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say | AL.com

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Totally cool discovery and story by Ben Raines of al.com



Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say | AL.com



The Clotilda is believed to be the last slave ship reach the U.S. and after unloading its illegal cargo of slaves -The importation of slaves had been illegal since 1808)- it was burned and sunk. The captured African went on to found Africatown, near Mobile.



The best restaurant in every county in Alabama | AL.com

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This one is a keeper. For those of us who like to explore Alabama, it's often tough to know where to eat in unfamiliar territory. I've used the Alabama Tourism Office's 100 Dishes publication and website, which is helpful, as is their 100 Dishes app.


But now, here's something else to add to your arsenal.


Al.com has just put together a list of The best restaurant in every county in Alabama | AL.com.



Sure, they had to leave a lot of great places off. But a list like this can narrow the choices when you're hungry.

Alabama “mudpuppy” to receive federal protection | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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The Black Warrior Waterdog (or Alabama Mudpuppy) is found only in Alabama and nowhere else in the world.

The large, aquatic, nocturnal salamander permanently retains a larval form and external gills throughout its life. It can grow to 9 1/2 inches in length.
And this unique creature needs protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has now listed the salamander as an endangered species, meaning it is in danger of extinction. The Black Warrior Riverkeeper is helping champion its protection.

Low and declining population numbers Due to loss and fragmentation of its habitat and poor water quality in the Black Warrior River Basin, mudpuppy populations are low and declining.

The salamander's highly permeable skin and external gills make it particularly sensitive to declines in water quality and oxygen concentration.

Alabama “mudpuppy” to receive federal protection | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

FWS lists several steps you can take to help save the Waterdog

Individuals can d…

The greatest outdoor adventure you can have in each Alabama county | AL.com

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My old friend and colleague Joe Songer at al.com has put together a list of outdoor adventures in each of Alabama's 67 counties.



The greatest outdoor adventure you can have in each Alabama county | AL.com



With the temperatures dropping and the outdoors beckoning, it's nice to be reminded of all the great opportunities available in a short distance of home.

Glorious Day at the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge

After the rains at Little River Falls

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This past weekend, I ventured with my son James and Boy Scout Troop 97 to Little River Canyon National Preserve and saw a great show.

Thanks to heavy rains the previous week, Little River was running at full force, and the conditions drew kayakers from Alabama and surrounding states. The most intrepid of them plunged over the Falls, a 45-foot drop. My Flickr album includes video of this amazing sight.

More information on Little River National Preserve is included in my book, Five Star Trails: Birmingham and on the Preserve's U.S. Park Service website.

If you go, you must stop at the Canyon welcome center on Alabama 35 atop Lookout Mountain, just east of Fort Payne. The center, built by Jacksonville State University, serves as headquarters for the National Park Service staff and offers information and interpretation of the Canyon, which is one of the deepest gorges East of the Mississippi River and is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East.

There is an easily accessible view of th…