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13 06, 2018

Educational opportunities at the beach

By | 2018-06-13T15:40:35+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Want to get in a little knowledge while you’re on the Alabama coast? Everyone can have fun at any time of year while taking in the natural beauty and teaching the little ones. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail has 25 miles of paths. You’ll find information along the way about the native plants and wildlife. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge also offers a network of hiking trails, and is a habitat for a range of regional plants and animals. [...]

8 06, 2018

What happens to the trash you leave on the beach?

By | 2018-06-08T17:36:16+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Throwing that candy wrapper or plastic bottle into the proper receptacle when you’re at the beach may seem like a small thing. But it can make a big difference in our environment. Each year, an estimated 17 billion pounds of plastic ends up in our oceans. That plastic - along with other debris and trash - poses a threat to wildlife, as they can become entrapped or mistake the items for food. Even fishing gear left behind is a hazard. [...]

6 06, 2018

Four things you may not know about sea turtles

By | 2018-06-06T20:58:50+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

If you’ve visited the Alabama coast, you no doubt have seen efforts to protect our sea turtle hatchlings and nests. But there are some really cool things about sea turtles that you may not know. Sea turtles make the most avid travelers seem sedentary. Leatherback sea turtles can journey more than 10,000 miles each year. Even though they love to travel, they also are homebodies. Female sea turtles return to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs. [...]

23 05, 2018

Teach children to Leave Only Footprints

By | 2018-05-23T14:37:29+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

To protect our natural resources for the next generation, teach the next generation conservation practices today. Lead by example. You know that children learn best by what you show them, not by what you tell them. If kids see you picking up litter and marine debris when you’re at the beach, they’ll learn to do that, too. Remind them that litter endangers marine life. Teach them to recycle. Recycling bins are available at our public beaches, so show your kids [...]

16 05, 2018

Be courteous to others on the beach

By | 2018-05-16T20:38:00+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Do you practice good beach etiquette when you visit the Alabama beaches? We don’t like to push too many rules on our visitors, but a little common courtesy goes a long way when you’re sharing the sand with other folks. You wouldn’t want to be suddenly covered with sand, so be sure to shake out your towel downwind of others rather than giving them a mouthful. Keep the tunes down. You may love your music, but that doesn’t mean everyone [...]

9 05, 2018

Don’t bring it to the beach!

By | 2018-05-09T14:47:11+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

For a visit to the beach, you pack toys, sunscreen, towels and an ice chest. There are, however, some things that should not be brought to our coast. And there’s a good reason for it. Items not allowed at the beach include glass containers, metal shovels, litter, tents or other structures larger than 12 feet by 12 feet. Also prohibited are overnight camping, fireworks, loud music, fires, pets and vehicles. It’s obvious why you can’t bring glass to the beach. [...]

2 05, 2018

What to do when you see red beach flags

By | 2018-05-02T15:00:08+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

How do you know if it’s going to be a safe day for swimming at the beach? Actually, it’s pretty simple to find out. Call 251-968-TIDE (8433) or 251-981-SURF (7873) to check surf conditions in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The beach warning flag system is color-coded. Just think of the flags as traffic signals. Of course, red means stop. If a red flag is flying, that indicates high surf with strong currents. It’s dangerous even for experienced swimmers. High [...]

25 04, 2018

How does plastic get into the Gulf of Mexico?

By | 2018-04-25T19:08:14+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

By now you may have heard of the “plastic soup” in the Gulf of Mexico. Volunteer citizen-scientists who have gathered water samples find permanent fragments of micro-plastics in nearly every sample taken. These microplastics are created when the sun and wave action combine to break up larger pieces of plastic debris into tiny, microscopic bits. The problem, experts say, is more than just plastic drink bottles, though those can be culprits as well. It’s also that so many items are [...]

19 04, 2018

Native species to spot at the beach

By | 2018-04-19T21:05:27+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Alabama consistently ranks in the top five states for overall biodiversity of plants and animals. Did you know any of these interesting facts? Among the state’s 4,500 species are some rare types found along our coast, including the white-topped pitcher plant, gopher tortoise, Alabama beach mouse, eastern diamondback rattlesnake and red-cockaded woodpecker. Twenty species of whales and dolphins live in the Gulf of Mexico. And another mammal, the West Indian manatee, can be spotted in our area as well. More [...]

11 04, 2018

What it means to be Dolphin SMART

By | 2018-04-11T13:31:48+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Everyone loves that thrill you get when you see a dolphin splashing in the wild. But there are measures we should take to keep them safe. Dolphin SMART is a program that encourages responsible viewing of these magnificent marine mammals. It was launched in 2007 by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries because of the number of dolphin viewing tours in their area. The program is now sanctioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While the program was developed [...]