The good news for the Bayshore is that residents know they have something unique in their backyard. In 2012, a survey of 400 Bayshore residents from DE and NJ:
- 95% believe that the Delaware Bay is important for the region’s ecological diversity and environmental quality.
- 69% of residents believe shorebirds are good for the region, and not just for attracting tourists for seasonal bird watching.
- 95% of residents say protecting shorebirds and horseshoe crabs is important.
If residents have an awareness of the importance of horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, the challenge is now to inspire action, as well as increase engagement and action with people from outside the area.