22 03, 2017

Protect the environment (and yourself) with these responsible boating tips

By |March 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Ready to get that boat in the water for the season? We hear you! It’s that time of year. Whether your boat is a small sailboat, skiff, pontoon or large fishing vessel, use responsible practices while out on the water.

There are simple tips that are just common courtesy. Don’t toss trash overboard, for example. Or watch your wake when boating near the shore, as it can wash away early sea life that grows there.

But there are other aspects to responsible […]

15 03, 2017

Learn cool ways to preserve beach treasures

By |March 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Are you a beachcomber? Are you always on the lookout for a unique shell, sand dollar or piece of driftwood?

There is some cool stuff along our beaches, no doubt about it. But just how do you protect and preserve those little treasures you pick up on your morning walk?

Glad you asked!

The first step is to keep them clean. Soak a sand dollar in fresh water and change the water frequently until it stays clear. Then soak the sand dollar in […]

8 03, 2017

Discover the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

By |March 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Do you enjoy watching wildlife? Do you carry binoculars in your car and keep a notebook of the birds you see along the way?

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail offers avid birdwatchers the opportunity to view an abundance of birds, including those pelicans that fly in formation over the water and the great blue herons that feed at the water’s edge.

Starting in northern Baldwin County, the trail includes the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Loop where birders may spot yellow-crowned night herons, red-shoulder hawks, […]

22 02, 2017

There’s no such thing as a seagull

By |February 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Did you know there is really no such thing as a seagull? Sounds crazy, right? We have all seen them at the beach. And even the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a seagull as a “gull frequenting the sea.”

But technically, those birds you see can encompass a range of species – at least 28 types in North America. In birding circles, they are just referred to as “gulls,” part of the species family Laridae.

The ones we often catch sight of on our […]

15 02, 2017

Have soaring fun with these kite-flying tips

By |February 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

There are few things as relaxing as flying a kite. And a kite is a common sight on the beautiful Alabama beaches. March and April provide ideal wind conditions for this activity that entertains kids of all ages. (And by that, we mean adults, too!)

Kite-flying equipment is pretty simple. You need a kite with a tail, some string, and a handle. That’s pretty much it – you are good to go!

First thing you need to do is make sure you […]

8 02, 2017

How do sand fences help beach restoration?

By |February 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Restoring sugary-white sand dunes that cover the equivalent of 50 football fields is part of a $135 million project announced in July 2016 for Gulf State Park. Several internationally renowned experts collaborated on developing the environmentally sensitive projects at the park. The state will use 2010 oil spill funds from BP – not taxes – for the project.

Part of the restoration project requires creating openings in the existing berm so sand dunes can form naturally. Other strategies include the use […]

1 02, 2017

Blue heron: fisherman’s friend or foe?

By |February 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

If you have visited our Alabama Gulf Coast, you have most likely seen a great blue heron, a wading bird that stands as tall as four feet and has a wingspan of nearly six feet. They are loners, so it’s not unusual to see a solitary, thin silhouette of one close to the shoreline at sunrise or sunset.

No doubt about it: Herons are built to catch fish. Those stately, majestic, great blue herons stand perfectly still while stalking their prey. […]

28 12, 2016

Unpack the Beach Bag: What Doesn’t Belong on the Beach

By |December 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

So you are preparing to hit the beach. You know what to put in the beach bag, right? A beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat. Plenty of water and snacks. Maybe a good novel to read while you pass the time.

But do you know what does not belong at the beach? There are items you need to leave out of that beach bag due to local, state or federal laws or ordinances that prohibit them.

On the Alabama Gulf Coast, items that […]

21 12, 2016

Hidden Dangers for Dolphins

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

You love to see dolphins when you visit the Alabama coast, right? Everyone does! But those magnificent creatures face dangers from tourists, polluted waters and boat traffic.

There’s no doubt that viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat can be a wonderful, thrilling experience. But there are steps you should take to make sure dolphins stay safe.

When you approach wild dolphins too quickly, move too close or make too much noise, you increase the risk of disturbing their natural behaviors, such […]

15 12, 2016

Four tips for packing the perfect beach picnic

By |December 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Show of hands: Who likes to picnic at the beach? 

Who doesn’t?! There are few things in life as simplistic and wonderful as a day spent on the beach with your family. And that means having plenty of snacks and food ready so you don’t have to leave once you get set up. 

Want to know some secrets to packing a great picnic lunch when you head out to a spot on the Alabama beaches?

First, take lots of finger foods. No need […]