Cocktails with the Critters 2017

Cocktails with the Critters 2017, the 12th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be Thursday, May 4, from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. This will be an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay.   For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic silent auction. The Bluegill Restaurant is pulling out all the stops and will be serving fabulous and tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer.  Don't miss it it is going to be a blast again this year!



Cocktails with the Critters Sponsorship

Cocktails with Critters, the major fundraiser for the DISLF will be Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 till 9:00 at BlueGill on the Causeway.  It is a fun party for a good cause.   The Foundation is seeking sponsors for this ever-popular event.



Click below to download a sponsor form or go to the sponsor page for more information:

Delta Safaris to conduct tours during Cocktails with the Critters

Delta Safari Boat "Osprey"
Delta Safari Boat "Osprey"

New Added Attraction at Cocktails with the Critters:


Delta Safari will be bringing its boat, The Osprey, to take folks on a 30 minute tour of the Apalachee River and Chocolatta Bay during Cocktails with the Critters.  The first tour will depart at 6 pm and depart every 30 minutes.  This will be a fun addition to the party!!

Sam St John and Mark Berte with Helene Hassell
Sam St John and Mark Berte with Helene Hassell

DISLF Announces Marine Environmental Award Winners

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation is proud to announce the Awardees for the 2016 Marine Environmental Awards:

 Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award-Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Sam St John

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award-Recognizes a business or organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Alabama Coastal Foundation

Sam St. John

Sam St. John serves as President and CEO of Logical Computer Solutions in Mobile and is a lifelong resident of this area. Sam has displayed his true passion for our environment through his active involvement in organizations such as the Fowl River Area Civic Association, Muddy Water Watch, Coastal Conservation Association, and by serving on both the Alabama Coastal Foundation and Mobile Baykeeper Boards. In addition to his civic commitments, Sam has bought and placed osprey platforms along Fowl River, built and distributed wood duck boxes to all his neighbors up and down the river, and helped plant cypress trees throughout the Fowl River watershed.

 In his free time, Sam enjoys flying, and we are fortunate he shares his enthusiasm of the environment with us through his photography. With his own airplane and photographic equipment, he provides aerial photos of coastal Alabama to a number of governmental, as well as nongovernmental organizations.  These photographs are very helpful in following the progress of ongoing restoration projects as well as monitoring the long-term condition of completed ones. These routine overflights have also helped with watershed planning and are used by scientists to spot specific schools of fish and mammals. It is important to note Sam makes these photographs available to the public on his website,, and he refuses to accept any compensation for these services.

Alabama Coastal Foundation

 Founded in 1993, the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with the mission to improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation. Using the philosophy of inclusive environmental stewardship, ACF seeks common ground among citizens, businesses, governmental entities, and non-profit groups to facilitate mutually beneficial solutions.

 ACF offers important K-12 and adult education programs including the Mobile Bay Middle School Estuary Corps which they conduct in partnership with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. ACF's education and volunteer engagement activities inspire and empower current and future leaders to address Alabama’s environmental challenges. For more information about ACF's programs and how to volunteer, please visit

Regions Bank Sponsors Awards Luncheon

Thank you Regions Bank for sponsoring for the fifth annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon held November 1, 2016.

Contact Information:
Executive Director
Helene Hassell
(251) 605-6624


Cocktails with the Critters




Presenting Sponsor


Poarch Band of Creek Indians




Ben May Charitable Trust

Mobile Big Game Fishing Club




Alabama Power

Delta Safaris

Galati Yacht Sales

Hancock Bank

 Lexus of Mobile

Oakway Capital

Personal Edge Fitness

UJ Cheverolet



Bay Steel

Jefferey Luther

Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Lyons