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19 09, 2018

Fall beach festivities

By | 2018-09-19T17:14:26+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Summer is quickly fading and fall is just around the corner. That means it’s time to plan for all the exciting events that take place once the temperatures drop a little along the Alabama coast! One of the biggest activities of the fall is the annual National Shrimp Festival, set for Oct. 11-14 at the main beach in Gulf Shores. This is the 47th year for the event, which attracts 300,000 people each year, serves up thousands of pounds of [...]

12 09, 2018

How to be a good neighbor to hatching sea turtles

By | 2018-09-12T14:09:04+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Did you know our Alabama beaches are a prime nesting ground for sea turtles? Unfortunately, with development along our coastline comes some dangers for these nesting turtles and for the hatchlings as they make their way to the water. But volunteers are on duty to help keep them safe. How does that work? Share the Beach was formed in 2005, and now comes under the umbrella of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and The Alabama Coastal Foundation. The Share [...]

5 09, 2018

Participate in Alabama Coastal Cleanup

By | 2018-09-05T12:52:31+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We’re coming up on the 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the day our community and visitors come out to actively clean up those beaches and waterways we enjoy year-round. Whether it’s just you or your church group, family or organization, we need your help. Come lend a hand to pick up debris from Alabama’s coastal waterways and beaches on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from 8 a.m. to noon. You’ll be among the 87,000+ volunteers who have assisted in this event [...]

22 08, 2018

Plan ahead for hurricane season

By | 2018-08-22T14:19:45+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Y’all know we’re in the middle of hurricane season here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, right? The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between the middle of August and late October. That’s not meant to scare you away from a visit to the beach. With improved technology over the last decade, experts can now predict the path of hurricanes with a much higher degree of accuracy. Warnings give folks plenty of time [...]

15 08, 2018

Local conservation groups help preserve the beach

By | 2018-08-15T16:36:58+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Leave Only Footprints has a mission to keep our beaches clean and healthy for visitors and wildlife, and we’re proud to work alongside other groups that share that mission. You may not know the names of these organizations, but if you enjoy the beauty of our coast, you benefit from their work. The Alabama Coastal Foundation, started in 1993, works to find the balance between protecting priceless coastal resources and the pressure of economic growth and construction. They research issues, [...]

13 08, 2018

Tips to reduce your plastic consumption

By | 2018-08-13T17:27:38+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

For most of us, plastics are part of our daily life. Water bottles, straws and plastic bags are just the start. There’s also plastic in food packaging, computer parts and your car. Those plastics can end up in our waterways, causing danger for wildlife. Plastic has been found in more than 60 percent of seabirds and 100 percent of sea turtle specimens, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Reducing the use of plastics is a good way to protect the Gulf [...]

1 08, 2018

Be safe while enjoying the sun

By | 2018-08-01T16:11:57+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Heading to Alabama beaches? Be sure to pack some protection, including a hat, sunglasses and, of course, sunscreen. It takes as little as 15 minutes in the sun for ultraviolet rays to damage your skin. Even on cloudy days, ultraviolet A and B rays can be dangerous. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the country, according to the American Cancer Society. Sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. Experts recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with [...]

25 07, 2018

Tips for a hassle-free trip to the beach

By | 2018-07-25T14:11:37+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We’re all about making “a day at the beach” true to that phrase with as little work and as much fun as possible. To do that may take a little extra prepping beforehand, but it’s worth it so you can just rest and relax when you get here. We call it “Beachin’ Made Easy” because it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 (or A, B, C). 1 - Pack or rent your shade. Bring large umbrellas instead of a tent, [...]

18 07, 2018

Respect the animals you encounter at the beach

By | 2018-07-18T14:04:49+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

While you enjoy visiting our beautiful shores, keep in mind that our beaches have local wildlife residents. Several species of wildlife make their homes in the sand, plants and dunes of our coast. Please do your part to keep their homes safe while you enjoy your time frolicking in the waves. Here are a few ways to do just that: Give nesting areas some space. Even if you don’t see birds, that doesn’t mean eggs and nests may not be [...]

11 07, 2018

Beach departure checklist

By | 2018-07-11T16:00:21+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

You’ve just enjoyed another glorious day on the Alabama beaches and it’s time to pack it in for the night. We’ve got a quick five-step checklist to ensure you Leave Only Footprints and keep the spot pristine for the next visitors. First, pick up all your trash. And when we say “all,” we mean those little can tabs, bottle caps, snack wrappers and cigarette butts. It may seem small, but it adds up. Make it a game for the kids [...]