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 [...]

12 02, 2019

Show love to the environment this Valentine’s Day

By |2019-02-12T17:38:57+00:00February 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

One of the most popular holidays of the year is upon us - Valentine’s Day. Many gifts will be exchanged to express affection for someone special. This year, instead of purchasing something disposable such as a bouquet, consider something that benefits both the receiver and the environment: A beautiful plant will last longer than cut flowers in a vase. Plant their favorite flowering bush in the yard. Or how about a fruit tree to stay sweet year-round? No yard, no [...]

23 01, 2019

Use these green tips while fishing this winter

By |2019-01-23T16:39:44+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

During the winter months, anglers on the central Gulf of Mexico can reel in redfish, black drum, pompano and sheepshead. While the fishing can be good in winter, we ask that you use an eco-friendly approach when casting your line. First, check local rules for fish sizes and bag regulations. In Alabama, you need a license to fish, too, so be sure you’re going by the book. Next, choose your tackle wisely. Use barbless hooks to reduce the amount of [...]

17 01, 2019

Keeping our beaches clean through winter

By |2019-01-17T22:36:14+00:00January 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

We love having folks visit our beaches all year, including during the winter. It’s a wonderful time on the coast, with moderate temperatures and beaches that are just as beautiful as they are the rest of the year. We ask all visitors to follow Leave Only Footprints regulations to keep the natural beauty for many years to come. Regulations prohibit leaving anything on the beach overnight. That includes any gear you tote down to the shoreline, such as chairs, umbrellas [...]

9 01, 2019

Make the numbers add up to a cleaner beach

By |2019-01-09T17:43:01+00:00January 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Several numbers can tell the story of waste left behind on Alabama beaches. Did you know, for example, that more than 161 tons of materials were removed from the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in 2016? Or that 101.3 tons of trash were collected in cans on just four miles of beach? Other collection numbers include 18.5 tons of aluminum cans (the equivalent of 814,000 cans), 23.8 tons of plastic and 18 tons of metal tent frames and [...]

2 01, 2019

Start the new year with a resolution to go green at the office

By |2019-01-02T16:17:49+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The effort to keep our environment clean doesn’t end when you leave the beach. When you go green back home, you’re helping reduce waste in our landfills, as well as reducing or eliminating trash that can end up in our waterways. And that rings true whether you practice good stewardship at home or at the office. Need some tips on going green at your workplace? We’re here to help. First, create a “no plastic” zone with only reusable eating utensils, [...]