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17 04, 2019

Good to Know: Local Resources for Stranded Marine Animals

By |2019-04-17T15:54:03+00:00April 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

When taking a trip to the beach this year, it’s important to remember you are visiting the home of many wonderful animals. Enjoy their presence, but be respectful when encountering them. Regardless of which animal you encounter, we encourage you to remain a safe distance of about 50 yards. Remember that you are guests in their home, so keep the viewing at a minimum in order to reduce the stress on the animals. Please do not attempt to feed or [...]

10 04, 2019

Clean and Resilient Marina Initiative

By |2019-04-10T17:15:31+00:00April 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

One of the best ways to experience everything our beaches and the Gulf of Mexico have to offer is via marine craft. Because of this, marinas are found all along the Gulf Coast. These marinas are a helpful tool for boaters, but are very vulnerable during catastrophic storms. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is a joint partnership of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The goal of this organization is to encourage collaboration on ways to enhance the health [...]

3 04, 2019

Teach Kids to Recycle at the Beach This Spring

By |2019-04-03T15:15:43+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Spring is a great time for your children to continue learning via exciting experiences. Their young brains are sponges, and one of the most important habits for this new generation to absorb is the importance of recycling. And the beach is the perfect classroom! The best way to start is by having a conversation about recycling. Ask your children what they know about the process and how it can harm the environment, especially at the beach. Stimulate the conversation by [...]

27 03, 2019

An Introduction to Gulf State Park Through the Interpretive Center

By |2019-03-27T18:59:20+00:00March 27th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Baldwin County, Alabama is home to one of the most beautiful parks in our state: Gulf State Park. This park’s popularity brings in more than 2 million visitors a year to enjoy amenities such as the campgrounds, trails, nature center, and the beaches (of course!). In 2013, a multi-year facelift, The Gulf State Enhancement Project, began on the park. The goal is to make the park more accessible to visitors as well as expand its impact on the environment and [...]

21 03, 2019

Standardized Labels Educate Consumers and Help the Recycling Industry Thrive

By |2019-03-21T15:07:19+00:00March 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Recycling can be confusing for the general consumer of disposable goods. What container does it go in? What do these little numbers mean? And when the average Joe is left with these questions unanswered, it results in a large amount of recyclable waste contaminated. Contamination refers to the mixing of regular trash - such as food waste, styrofoam, diapers and other items - with the good recycling materials. We live in a society of people who are looking to the [...]

13 03, 2019

Migrating Birds Travel Through Alabama

By |2019-03-13T20:21:35+00:00March 13th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Spring on the Gulf Coast brings beautiful flowering plants, sunshine peeking through the oaks, and fantastic birding opportunities. These gorgeous creatures make their way through our area in the spring months of March, April, and May. Here’s a quick list of some species to look for: swallows Louisiana waterthrushes northern parulas ruby-throated hummingbirds shorebirds The trained eye certainly has much to feast on each spring, from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island. Our coastal area is a natural aviary that expands [...]

6 03, 2019

Educate Yourself on Recycling Bin Contamination

By |2019-03-06T21:32:45+00:00March 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75% of waste is recyclable, yet only about 34% of it is recycled. What is standing in the way? One big factor is recycling contamination. Recycling contamination is when non-recyclables such as food waste, plastic bags, styrofoam and other items become intermingled with recyclable materials. The problem developed alongside the creation of single-stream recycling, which eliminated recycling sorting for curbside programs. Due to a lack of proper education on the recycling processes, 1 in 4 [...]

27 02, 2019

Are you joining us for the 2019 Orange Beach Festival of Art?

By |2019-02-27T20:03:43+00:00February 27th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

It’s one of our favorite events of the year: the Orange Beach Festival of Art. This free event on March 9 and 10 is one of the island’s first events of the spring. The festival has been celebrating visual, performing, musical and culinary arts for more than 40 years! The diversity of the arts presented is sure to please everyone in your group, no matter their age or tastes. Come see what the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach has [...]

26 02, 2019

Capturing the perfect beach sunset photo

By |2019-02-26T01:40:10+00:00February 26th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

One of the most popular scenes to capture on your smartphone’s camera is the perfect beach sunset photo. How do you accomplish it? Find out the sunset time as well as Golden Hour (the last hour of sun for the day) for your location. Clouds can add beautiful dimension and color to your photos, so keep an eye on the weather report. Scout your beach location, but be mindful of private property! Turn off your flash, which should allow for [...]

19 02, 2019

Let the good times roll GREEN this Mardi Gras

By |2019-02-19T17:45:01+00:00February 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Get your catching arms ready for Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast! Some fantastic family-friendly Mardi Gras parades are on the schedule for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. We all love to join in the revelry, but Mardi Gras can provide challenges to keep our beaches and roadways clean. Below are some things you can do to help Leave Only Footprints this carnival season. Do not leave any structures or lawn chairs after your departure from the parade route. Keep [...]