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20 09, 2017

Recycling program improves water quality, helps oysters grow

By |September 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Do you ever wonder what happens to those shells after you finish off a dozen oysters at your favorite seafood restaurant?

Many of those eateries are taking part in an oyster recycling program started last year by the Alabama Coastal Foundation and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Republic Services collects the shells that would have previously been thrown away and delivers them to a site where they are stored outside. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources then loads them onto barges and puts […]

13 09, 2017

Use these tips to pack for your fall beach vacation

By |September 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Planning a fall getaway to the Alabama coast? Knowing Leave Only Footprints regulations before you head our way can help you enjoy your beach vacation even more.

Leaving gear like tents, chairs and umbrellas on the beach overnight is now prohibited in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Any items left overnight will get picked up and disposed of by crews. You don’t want that to happen, but you still want to make it easy to get your gear out and in […]

6 09, 2017

Alabama Coastal Cleanup by the numbers with a list of zones

By |September 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Alabama Coastal Cleanup is just around the corner on Sept. 16. It’s the largest annual effort to keep those beautiful beaches clean, and you’re invited to help.
Check out this list to get an idea of what the Cleanup accomplishes:
83,000:            Number of volunteers who have participated since 1989

1.5 million:     Pounds of trash removed from Alabama coastline and waterways

639,361:          Cigarette butts removed

189,610:          Plastic bottles picked up

102,981:          Plastic bags collected
Want to help? Here is the list of […]

23 08, 2017

Help clean the beach during the Alabama Coastal Cleanup

By |August 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Want to help keep the coast clean? Be a part of the massive Alabama Coastal Cleanup effort held on Sept. 16. Over the past 30 years, 83,000 volunteers have removed more than 1.5 million pounds of trash from our beautiful coastline and waterways.

The first step is to look at the online calendar for times and contact a zone captain in your area to register. But if you don’t register in advance, no worries. Those zones have check-in sites around the […]

16 08, 2017

Four things to know about sea turtle nesting season

By |August 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

If you are a regular visitor to the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “sea turtle nesting season.” So, just what is it, and what does it mean for beachgoers?

Here’s what you need to know. Each year from July to October, thousands of sea turtles make their way to our beaches where they lay eggs. Last year, 22,240 eggs were laid. However, only 14,105 of those hatchlings made their way to the warm gulf waters to embark […]

9 08, 2017

Learn to be Dolphin SMART

By |August 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

You love dolphins, right? We all do. They are beautiful, playful and graceful creatures that you can see from the beach or up close while boating. Visitors love watching dolphins rollicking in the waves.

We need to be smart, however, in how we interact with dolphins in order to protect them. A program called Dolphin SMART provides guidelines for all of us to safely view dolphins and protect their habitat. The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits harassment, hunting, capturing, killing or […]

2 08, 2017

The importance of sea oats and how to protect them

By |August 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Those plants with the large plumes you see along the beach may look like weeds, but they are a vital part of the ecosystem. Sea oats play an important role in coastal conservation. That’s why signs are posted along the beach asking you to avoid areas where there is plant vegetation or a dunes restoration project.

Sea oats are actually a miraculous little production plant, and there’s a whole lot more going on than those plumes you see on the surface. […]

26 07, 2017

Be a conservationist this summer at the beach

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Kids like keeping their planet healthy and clean. They love the beach and want to take care of it. You can help them do that during your visit to the Alabama coast this summer. Below are the basic Leave No Trace principles that kids can learn and implement.

Know Before You Go. Learn the Leave Only Footprints rules that prohibit leaving items on the beach after sunset. Teach your kids this rule and let them help you tote the beach chairs […]

19 07, 2017

What is the Leave Only Footprints policy?

By |July 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Do you know the regulations in the Leave Only Footprints program in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?

It’s pretty basic: Any structures or equipment left on the beach an hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of by beach patrols. That includes chairs, tents and toys.

Regulations also prohibit tents larger than 10 feet by 10 feet, as well as fireworks, pets and glass bottles.

You can’t go wrong if you just leave the beach a little better than you found it. […]

12 07, 2017

Why you shouldn’t feed the birds at the beach

By |July 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

We’ve probably all done it: throw a torn-off piece of bread into the air for sea gulls to swoop down and catch in their beaks. In fact, it’s kinda fun. Cheetos and crackers, too. But the next time you are tempted to feed the birds, don’t. Just don’t.

There are reasons for this. First, it’s dangerous to someone holding out their hand to the sharp peck of a gull’s beak.

Second, it makes these beautiful creatures become a nuisance. They get used […]