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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 [...]

4 04, 2018

Beach safety tips for your visit

By | 2018-04-04T13:17:57+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Headed to the beach this spring or summer? It’s a ton of fun for the whole family, and we would like to offer some tips to ensure a safe visit. First, wear sunscreen. Exposure to the sun’s rays can cause skin damage and even skin cancer. Beyond that, a bad burn can ruin an otherwise wonderful beach vacation. So cover your skin and reapply throughout the day. Second, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Third, obey posted signs and [...]

28 03, 2018

Know before you go when you plan a spring getaway

By | 2018-03-28T13:42:54+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

In just 10 or 15 minutes, you can go online and book an amazing spring visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Whether it’s a long weekend or a full week, you and your family get to enjoy all the sun, sand and surf our area provides. It takes about that same amount of time to pack up your chairs, cooler, beach toys and umbrella after your day on the sand. And it’s important you do that. If you’ve visited [...]

21 03, 2018

Be safe this boating season with these tips

By | 2018-03-21T18:24:24+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

It’s spring on the Alabama coast and that means folks will be getting out the boats and hitting the waterways. It’s also a good time for boating safety reminders before launching into the season. First, check local weather forecasts for conditions before you take off. Storms come up fast on the Gulf Coast, so boaters should stay aware. If you notice darkening clouds, rough winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. Second, use [...]

14 03, 2018

Types of shells you might find on Alabama beaches

By | 2018-03-14T13:09:55+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Are you a beachcomber who delights in finding a perfectly shaped seashell while walking the shoreline? Do you know the names of any of those awesome finds? We can help with that! One type of shell you’ll often see on Alabama beaches is a bittersweet, with an easily identified fan shape, ridges and scalloped center. These shells have teeth-like indentions along the inside of the pointed end and are usually white with brown or reddish colored lines. Coquina shells are [...]

7 03, 2018

Take a walk on the wild side when visiting the Alabama coast

By | 2018-03-07T17:25:28+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Give your kids a lesson in sustainable travel and eco-tourism when you visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this spring. It’s simple and fun to do by including a few key stops on your vacation agenda. First, visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo on Highway 59 in the heart of Gulf Shores. The zoo is an entertaining place to spend a morning and gives visitors up-close views of more than 500 animals, including lions, tigers, bears, primates, leopards, wolves and [...]

27 02, 2018

What you shouldn’t take to the beach

By | 2018-02-27T23:42:10+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

When you visit our beaches, it’s important to know the rules and restrictions. Leave Only Footprints regulations prohibit leaving any items overnight on public beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In addition, several items are prohibited anytime on the beach, including: Glass containers Metal shovels or excessive digging Litter Tents or structures larger than 12 x 12 Overnight camping Fireworks Loud music Fires Pets Vehicles The reason for many of these restrictions concerns safety, others are for the comfort [...]

21 02, 2018

Birds you may encounter at the beach

By | 2018-02-21T17:15:15+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Whether you are a birding enthusiast or just starting out as a birdwatcher, you’ll discover a paradise on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Even if birdwatching isn’t high on your list, you’re going to encounter shore birds during your visit. Sandpipers, great blue herons, laughing gulls, ring-billed gulls and pelicans are common sights along our coast. The Coastal Birding Trail, featuring six birding loops in Baldwin and Mobile counties and totaling more than 200 miles, is a terrific place to watch and [...]