Video: Paddles through Time: Historical and Archaeological Sites of the Withlacoochee River of South Georgia and North Florida –Tom Baird, WWALS Webinar 2024-02-15

Tom Baird, archaeologist of Tallahassee, Florida, gave the second WWALS Webinar, this one about the history and archaeology of the Withlacoochee River in Georgia and Florida.

“Tom talked about arrowpoints, fish weirs, spears, atlatls, mounds, missions, wood mills, and ghost towns, as well as current threats to the Withlacoochee River and archaeological opportunities,” said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman.

[Paddles Through Time by Tom Baird]
Paddles Through Time by Tom Baird

Tom Baird is an education consultant who has previously worked as a high school teacher, community college instructor (oceanography and microbiology), director of a science and environmental center, supervisor of science (K-12) in Pasco Co., FL, Director of Science (PreK-12) in Pinellas Co. FL, Principal of a math/science/technology magnet high school in Pinellas Co., FL, and director of a National Science Foundation program.

Tom was introduced by WWALS President Sara Jay Jones, who received a copy of Tom’s book during the webinar.

[A Year on the Bay, by Tom Baird]
A Year on the Bay, by Tom Baird

Tom’s slides are on the WWALS website, in PDF and pptx.

These WWALS Webinars are free, but we encourage you to join WWALS or otherwise donate to assist our advocacy and educational mission.

They are organized by the Events Committee; maybe you’d like to join that committee and help.

Here’s a WWALS zoom video of this WWALS Webinar:

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About WWALS: Since June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working for a healthy watershed with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.

Mission: WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the surface waters and groundwater of the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary, in south Georgia and north Florida, among them the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds, through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.

Our Watershed: The 10,000-square-mile WWALS territory includes the Suwannee River from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico, plus the Suwannee River Estuary, and tributaries such as the Withlacoochee and Alapaha Rivers as far north as Cordele in Georgia, as well as parts of the Floridan Aquifer, which is the primary water source for drinking, agriculture, and industry for millions of Georgia and Florida residents.

Suwannee Riverkeeper: Since December 2016, WWALS is the WATERKEEPER® Alliance Member for the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary as Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®, which is a project and a staff position of WWALS focusing on our advocacy.

Some stills from this WWALS Webinar:

[Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman]
Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman

[WWALS President, Sara Jay Jones]
WWALS President, Sara Jay Jones

[Tom Baird]
Tom Baird

[Joanne Tremblay]
Joanne Tremblay

[Suzy Hall]
Suzy Hall

[Suwannee River Basin]
Suwannee River Basin

[White Sulphur Springs]
White Sulphur Springs

[Nutrien phosphate mine Hamilton County]
Nutrien phosphate mine Hamilton County

[Troupville, the former seat of Lowndes County]
Troupville, the former seat of Lowndes County

[Cat Creek, where WWALS is looking for upstream pollution sources]
Cat Creek, where WWALS is looking for upstream pollution sources

[Santa Fe River]
Santa Fe River

[Water quality testing]
Water quality testing

[A Year on the Bay, by Tom Baird]
A Year on the Bay, by Tom Baird

[lowndes County Historical Museum]
Lowndes County Historical Museum

[Lisa Montisano]
Lisa Montisano

[Withlacoochee Agate]
Withlacoochee Agate

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!