Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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

Totally cool discovery and story by Ben Raines of

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

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.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The best restaurant in every county in Alabama |

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

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

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 do a number of things to help protect this species, including:

  • Conserving water to allow more water to remain in streams.
  • Using pesticides responsibly (especially around streams and lakes) to prevent runoff.
  • Controlling soil erosion by planting trees and plants to avoid runoff of sediments into freshwater areas.
  • Help your family find ways to reduce the amount of chemicals that you pour down the drain in your home or use on your lawn or garden.
  • Support conservation efforts that protect these unique animals and the habitats they live in.
  • Learn more about how the destruction of habitat leads to loss of endangered and threatened species and our nation’s plant and animal diversity. Discuss with others what you have learned.
  • Support local and state initiatives for watershed and water quality protection and improvement.

Learn more about best management practices for keeping sediments out of streams.

The Black Warrior waterdog. Photo by Black Warrior Riverkeeper Advisory Council member Mark Bailey.

Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places -

Read this Wayne Flynt piece on the contributions of Alabamians to the jazz and the blues music Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - ...