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21 09, 2016

Adopt a sea turtle

By |September 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Want to do something more to help sea turtles? Adopt a nest! Share the Beach, Alabama’s Sea Turtle program, seeks donations from those who want to protect the loggerhead, green and Kemp’s ridley turtles. These aquatic neighbors return to the Alabama Gulf Coast, where they hatched, to lay their own eggs.

Funds from the Adopt-A-Nest program are used to buy new equipment and to educate the public.

Donation levels include:

Shoreline Sponsor – $250

Nesting Sponsor – $50

Hatchling Sponsor – $20

Hatchling Sponsor Student – […]

14 09, 2016

Teaching kids about marine debris

By |September 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Marine debris: objects that do not occur naturally in oceans, salt marshes, estuaries and beaches.

The top debris items include objects you may have seen on the beach, such as
•    Cigarette filters
•    Food wrappers
•    Containers, caps and lids
•    Cups, plates and utensils
•    Beverage bottles
•    Plastic bags
•    Glass bottles
•    Beverage cans
•    Straws/stirrers
•    Rope

Leave Only Footprints, the new initiative adopted by both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, seeks to reduce the amount of trash left on the shore. Beach visitors are asked to […]

9 09, 2016

How to Protect the Habitat of Sea Turtles

By |September 9th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Five months out of each year, the Alabama Gulf Coast plays host to nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. Three species nest on our shores: green, Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead. All are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

When mama sea turtles are ready to seek a safe place for their eggs, they return to the area where they took their own first crawl to the Gulf of Mexico. The hatchlings hope to make it to the water without being eaten […]

24 08, 2016

Sea Turtle 101

By |August 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Sea Turtle Season is upon us and there are 127 nests so far, according to Mike Reynolds, turtle czar of Share the Beach, which focuses on all things sea turtle in Alabama. From May 1 to Oct. 31 each year, loggerhead, green and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles return to the place they were hatched to lay turtle eggs.

Share the Beach, a volunteer group formed by the Friends of the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, patrols the beaches, educates […]

17 08, 2016

Know Your Limits: Swim, Surf and Boat Safety

By |August 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Make your beach day one for the photo books by following safe practices for swimming, surfing and boating.

A dip in the Gulf of Mexico is the order of the day for most visitors. The call of the warm waves is too tempting to resist, but swimmers should know the flag colors before getting in the water. Most beach towns along the Gulf Coast, including Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, use the same warning flag system to give visitors a heads-up […]

10 08, 2016

Leave No Trace on Your Next Beach Trip

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Leave Only Footprints, the initiative that aims to keep the beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach healthy and beautiful, is similar to the principles of Leave No Trace. This program created by the U.S. Forest Service emphasizes wilderness ethics and sustainable travel.

The principles of Leave No Trace include:

Plan ahead and prepare.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
Dispose of waste properly.
Leave what you find.
Minimize campfire impacts.
Respect wildlife.
Be respectful of other visitors.

Leave Only Footprints requires […]

3 08, 2016

Keep the Beaches Clean

By |August 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

While Gulf Shores and Orange Beach don’t allow pets on the beach, you can take Fido for a swim at Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island beaches. Before you and your pet hit the beach, remember these tips to make it a happy and healthy day:

Know the leash law where you’re going and obey the rules.

If you are in an off-leash area, make sure your pet will obey your verbal commands. Even the best-behaved dog can become distracted when […]

27 07, 2016

How you can make a difference in the world’s oceans

By |July 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

One person. That’s how many people it takes to make a difference in the health of the ocean, says the Ocean Conservancy, created in 1972 to generate science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

The Ocean Conservancy formed International Coastal Cleanup Day, planned this year for Sept. 17. In 2015, more than 18 million pounds of trash were collected from nearshore environments by about 800,000 volunteers. Making the top 10 list of trash […]

20 07, 2016

Don’t tread on the dunes

By |July 20th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Those big, pillowy hills of sugary-white sand that line the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast are so enticing. Sand dunes really do tempt visitors to run to the top to gaze at the Gulf of Mexico or take photos on them surrounded by waving fronds of sea oats.

Here’s a few words of advice, however: Don’t do it.

The dune system on the Alabama Gulf Coast is delicate. Walking on beach vegetation can damage the fragile plant roots that hold together […]

13 07, 2016

How we are connected to the world around us

By |July 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Before you leave that plastic bottle on the beach or forget to take your raft home, think of the Gulf of Mexico as a segment of the web of life. How we care for it affects more than just residents of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by ocean waters that are divided into four segments: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic. Smaller ocean regions are called bays, gulfs and seas, and include the Gulf of […]