Three outdoor-focused story ideas in and around Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you’re planning to attend the annual OWAA conference this September in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you could make some money during your visit by setting aside time before and/or after the conference to explore, collect story content and sell the work you produce.

Here are some story leads to help you turn your time in Alabama into a moneymaker. 

Cover oyster farming

Oyster farming is popular in and around Gulf Shores as chefs need a constant supply of oysters to make culinary dishes for their restaurants. Those chefs often prefer to offer fresh local oysters to customers in lieu of imported ones. You could book a tour with a local oyster farm in Gulf Shores, like Admiral Shellfish Company, and experience oyster farming firsthand. See how many articles you can produce from that one tour.

Here is just one story headline idea: “From Bay to Table: Gulf Shores’ Oyster Farms Pioneering Sustainability”

This story could dive into the innovative sustainability practices employed by oyster farms in Gulf Shores, Alabama. You could explore the farm-to-table journey of oysters, highlighting the efforts made by these farms to minimize their carbon footprint, protect water quality, and contribute to coastal ecosystem restoration.

The story could also include interviews with oyster farmers, scientists, and environmentalists to discuss the significance of sustainable oyster farming in promoting a resilient coastal ecosystem and supporting local communities.

You could also explore how these farms collaborate with local restaurants and communities, emphasizing the importance of consumer awareness and responsible seafood choices to sustain the delicate balance of the Gulf Shores’ marine environment.

By focusing on sustainability in oyster farming, this story can shed light on the vital role of responsible aquaculture practices in preserving the natural resources of Gulf Shores, fostering a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between sustainable food production and environmental conservation.

Cover birding

With so many birdwatching hotspots in and around Gulf Shores, you could create a number of articles for nature-focused publications. For example, you could create a guide to Gulf Shores for ornithology enthusiasts. Or, choose a specific species to focus on, or cover an organization working with birds in the area. Are you a wildlife photographer? Plan ahead and set aside a day or two to photograph migratory birds. Then sell those photos. The possibilities to create articles around birding are seemingly endless. 

Here are three of the best birding areas that will leave you captivated:

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Nestled along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for both resident and migratory birds. Explore its tranquil trails that wind through diverse habitats, including maritime forests, freshwater marshes, and coastal dunes. Witness the graceful flight of majestic herons, the vibrant plumage of warblers, and the serene presence of shorebirds. With over 370 species recorded, this refuge is a haven for birding enthusiasts seeking unforgettable encounters.

Gulf State Park

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Gulf State Park, an ecological gem spanning 6,150 acres. The park’s diverse ecosystems, including marshes, dunes, and forests, attract an impressive array of birdlife. Wander along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, where you’ll be greeted by the melodic tunes of songbirds and the striking sight of raptors soaring overhead. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive painted bunting, the striking roseate spoonbill, and the majestic bald eagle. Gulf State Park offers endless opportunities to observe and photograph avian treasures.

Dauphin Island

Embark on a short journey to Dauphin Island, a barrier island known as the “Birding Capital of Alabama.” Here, you’ll discover a migratory hotspot and a vibrant birding community. Visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, a serene oasis that serves as a vital resting place for countless species during their migratory journeys. From colorful warblers to elegant sandpipers, Dauphin Island offers a front-row seat to witness nature’s grand avian procession.

Cover wildlife conservation

You can choose from a number of wildlife species in and around Gulf Shores to cover. For example, you could write about one of the coast’s endangered species and how they are being protected. Endangered wildlife like the Alabama sturgeon, the hawksbill sea turtle and the Alabama beach mouse would all make for interesting stories. Call around for information and chat with people working to protect endangered species. There are a variety of wildlife conservation angles and seemingly endless story ideas for each species.

For example, here are five story headline ideas for covering the Alabama beach mouse: 

“Saving a Species: The Race to Preserve the Alabama Beach Mouse”

“Uncovering the Secrets of the Alabama Beach Mouse: Research and Discovery”

“Preserving Coastal Biodiversity: The Role of the Alabama Beach Mouse”

“Community-led Conservation: Engaging Locals in Alabama Beach Mouse Protection”

“Conservation Success Stories: Rebounding Populations of the Alabama Beach Mouse”

You could Share inspiring stories of successful conservation efforts, showcasing instances where dedicated conservationists and community involvement have led to the recovery and increased populations of the Alabama beach mouse, providing hope for the future of this endangered species.

By exploring these story ideas and angles, you can shed light on the significance of the Alabama beach mouse, raise awareness about its conservation needs, and inspire readers or viewers to actively participate in efforts to protect this remarkable coastal dweller.

Join us in Gulf Shores, Alabama September 9-11, 2023

It’s all about engagement. It’s all about community. It’s all about connections. And, in the end, it’s all about furthering your professional skills and your business. Join us for OWAA’s annual conference to connect, mingle and learn from 230 outdoor storytellers and the brands that support their work. Network with other professionals, hone your communications skills, find a mentor/mentee, find more and better ways to sell your work or promote your brand.

You’ll meet with some of the best outdoor communicators in the country and absorb presentations on writing and editing, photography and videography, broadcast and digital media, the latest tech and newest tactics, and more. Develop your field craft and test the latest innovations during an off-site breakout day. Take advantage of pre- and post-tours to get the latest story on (and shots of) outdoor adventures in Gulf Shores, be it paddling, hiking, fishing, hunting or other outdoor pursuits.

Be there to:

  • Network with and learn from top media pros
  • Access critical conservation and outdoor newsmakers
  • Discover new outlets to sell your work 
  • Sharpen your professional skills at seminars and presentations
  • Check out the latest outdoor gear – and the stories behind them
  • Meet with editors and industry leaders
  • Get inspired and more!

Register for the conference today!

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