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 [...]

3 07, 2018

How to party responsibly on the beach on the Fourth of July

By | 2018-07-03T14:05:51+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We want everyone to come to the beach and enjoy a safe Independence Day. But we also want visitors to know and follow our Leave Only Footprints regulations. For example, fireworks are prohibited on the beach. That includes during the Fourth of July celebrations. Why? Glad you asked. First, fireworks debris causes a huge trash issue on the beach because most people don’t stick around to clean up all those little pieces of colorful, exploded paper. Debris can also pollute [...]

19 06, 2018

Tips to go green when you’re not at the beach

By | 2018-06-19T20:58:46+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

It’s easy to go green at the beach. We even put receptacles out for you to recycle those plastic bottles. But did you know little changes even back home can make a big difference to the environment? The first step is simply to throw away less. You’ve seen the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” How? Simple. Buy used. Everything from clothes to building materials to furniture can be bought at consignment shops. And when you get ready to get rid of [...]

13 06, 2018

Educational opportunities at the beach

By | 2018-06-13T15:40:35+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Want to get in a little knowledge while you’re on the Alabama coast? Everyone can have fun at any time of year while taking in the natural beauty and teaching the little ones. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail has 25 miles of paths. You’ll find information along the way about the native plants and wildlife. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge also offers a network of hiking trails, and is a habitat for a range of regional plants and animals. [...]

8 06, 2018

What happens to the trash you leave on the beach?

By | 2018-06-08T17:36:16+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Throwing that candy wrapper or plastic bottle into the proper receptacle when you’re at the beach may seem like a small thing. But it can make a big difference in our environment. Each year, an estimated 17 billion pounds of plastic ends up in our oceans. That plastic - along with other debris and trash - poses a threat to wildlife, as they can become entrapped or mistake the items for food. Even fishing gear left behind is a hazard. [...]

6 06, 2018

Four things you may not know about sea turtles

By | 2018-06-06T20:58:50+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

If you’ve visited the Alabama coast, you no doubt have seen efforts to protect our sea turtle hatchlings and nests. But there are some really cool things about sea turtles that you may not know. Sea turtles make the most avid travelers seem sedentary. Leatherback sea turtles can journey more than 10,000 miles each year. Even though they love to travel, they also are homebodies. Female sea turtles return to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs. [...]