Two students from the University of Alabama recently completed a 340-mile paddling trip from Tuscaloosa to Mobile, to raise awareness for river conservation efforts in Alabama. Chris Cochrane of Gadsden and Collin Williams of Nashville traveled down the Black Warrior River and the Tombigbee River for 15 days.
Cochrane, a recent graduate of environmental science, and Williams, a marine science student, wanted to highlight the importance of freshwater conservation to Alabama’s ecosystem, which contains 38 percent of North America’s fish species and more species of freshwater fish, crayfish, mussels, turtles, and snails than any other state in the U.S.
Summer is in full swing now here in T-Town, and also in full swing? Things to do. All the things! From Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week (benefiting the West Alabama Food Bank) to the Black Warrior River Fiddle Festival this weekend to the First Tee of Tuscaloosa’s Annual Benefit Scramble on Saturday, this week affords plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy our fair city. Have fun!
Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week: June 6-12, various locations in Tuscaloosa and Northport. The West Alabama Food Bank has teamed up with sponsoring restaurants to offer “Hunger Bites!” pre-fixed menus and specials. Dine out while taking a bite out of hunger. For more information, visit tuscaloosarestaurantweek.com
Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Crimson and White Wine Tasting: June 7, 6-8 p.m. Spirits Wine Cellar at The Shops of Lake Tuscaloosa. This event is free to members; non-members can join at the event. Proceeds go towards the Tuscaloosa County Chapter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit alumni.ua.edu.
Dr. Alexander Benitez was instantly drawn to The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park for many reasons, one of which was the connection between park staff and the many Native American communities who still regularly visit the area.
“Moundville is one of the most important Native American cultural heritage sites in the Southeastern U.S.,” said the park’s new director. “At its apex during the 13th century AD, it was one of the largest and most influential centers of Mississippian culture. In fact, it is estimated to be one of the largest settlements in North America during that time. Just as important to me was the fact that Moundville remains an important ancestral place for descendant Native American communities.”