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29 03, 2017

Know the warning signs: Just what do those beach flags mean?

By |March 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

You see those colored flags flying at the beach, but do you know why they are there? Educate yourself about the beach warning flag system to safely enjoy our beaches.

In general, think of the flags like traffic lights. Red means stop. Green means go. Yellow means proceed with caution. But even if the green flag is flapping in the breeze, always be careful and swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.

Just because there is no flag, that does not […]

21 09, 2016

Adopt a sea turtle

By |September 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Want to do something more to help sea turtles? Adopt a nest! Share the Beach, Alabama’s Sea Turtle program, seeks donations from those who want to protect the loggerhead, green and Kemp’s ridley turtles. These aquatic neighbors return to the Alabama Gulf Coast, where they hatched, to lay their own eggs.

Funds from the Adopt-A-Nest program are used to buy new equipment and to educate the public.

Donation levels include:

Shoreline Sponsor – $250

Nesting Sponsor – $50

Hatchling Sponsor – $20

Hatchling Sponsor Student – […]

9 09, 2016

How to Protect the Habitat of Sea Turtles

By |September 9th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Five months out of each year, the Alabama Gulf Coast plays host to nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. Three species nest on our shores: green, Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead. All are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

When mama sea turtles are ready to seek a safe place for their eggs, they return to the area where they took their own first crawl to the Gulf of Mexico. The hatchlings hope to make it to the water without being eaten […]

20 07, 2016

Don’t tread on the dunes

By |July 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Those big, pillowy hills of sugary-white sand that line the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast are so enticing. Sand dunes really do tempt visitors to run to the top to gaze at the Gulf of Mexico or take photos on them surrounded by waving fronds of sea oats.

Here’s a few words of advice, however: Don’t do it.

The dune system on the Alabama Gulf Coast is delicate. Walking on beach vegetation can damage the fragile plant roots that hold together […]

5 07, 2016

Teaching kids to keep the beach clean

By |July 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Coming to the beach for a visit with your children? Remember the sunscreen, flip flops, sand bucket, shovel and your plastic gloves. Enjoy your time on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, playing in the waves and making castles in the sand.

 

Before returning home for the day, be sure you follow the rules of Leave Only Footprints. The new initiative requires beachgoers to collect and remove what they bring to the beach. This includes beach tents, beach chairs, rafts, […]

27 06, 2016

Keeping seas trash free

By |June 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Keeping our seas trash free starts on land with how we dispose of items. According to the group Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of plastic leak into the world’s oceans every year. Unless the tide of trash to sea is stemmed, there will be an estimated one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, creating massive environmental, economic and health issues.

 

Beach visitors on the Alabama Gulf Coast can make a difference every day creating trash-free […]

20 06, 2016

Reporting a Sea Turtle emergency

By |June 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Sea turtles on the Alabama Gulf Coast face a variety of threats, including the development of prime nesting beaches, artificial lighting, commercial fishing gear, boats, debris and erosion. Each May to October, Sea turtles – including loggerhead, green and Kemp’s ridley – make pilgrimages to where they were hatched to lay their own clutch of eggs.

 

Share the Beach, the Alabama Gulf Coast’s sea turtle protection program, administers the Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. Each year, hundreds of volunteers […]

13 06, 2016

Local Wildlife Refuges

By |June 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Slather on the sunscreen and don your comfortable walking shoes. It’s time for a walk on the wild side.

 

More than just beaches, the Alabama Gulf Coast is home to wildlife refuges that offer a haven to birds, flora and fauna.

 

Named as one of the ten natural wonders of Alabama, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge serves as a living laboratory for students and scientists and a safe place for endangered sea turtles that nest on our beaches. Sea turtles – […]

6 06, 2016

Avoiding Nesting Sea Turtles

By |June 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Artificial lighting may be the best thing since the discovery of fire for human beings, but for sea turtles coming ashore it can cause them to lose their way, ultimately resulting in the loss of nests and future sea turtles. Sea turtles come ashore to build nests and lay eggs from May to October along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

 

“The light disorients the nesting mama sea turtles,” said Mike Reynolds of Share the Beach, the sea turtle volunteer program. “When the eggs hatch, the […]

31 05, 2016

Stay weather-aware during hurricane season

By |May 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Preparation is key to staying weather-safe, regardless of how active the tropics are. It only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for coastal residents.

 

Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Visitors to the Alabama Gulf Coast should stay weather-aware during their beach getaways. Pay attention to weather reports as well as instructions from your lodging operator or rental agent. Do evacuate if asked. And do not go into the Gulf of Mexico when […]