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More than 80 percent of people who live near the Delaware Bay said they “strongly agree” with the statement that they care about the environment, according to a recent survey.
The survey also revealed that 79 percent of residents believe that migratory shorebirds are important to the environmental quality of the region.
The survey was conducted in April by DHM Research, an independent polling firm. The research is part of a community-based conservation project and social marketing campaign supported by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Researchers contacted more than 400 residents who live within 15 miles of the Delaware Bay coastline. The survey’s margin of error is 3 percent -5 percent.
The Delaware Bay is a critical stopover for shorebirds that migrate each spring from southern South America to breeding grounds in the Arctic. Some shorebird species population levels have dropped dramatically in recent years. The rufa Red Knot population has fallen 80 percent in the last two decades. The campaign is designed to highlight the Bay’s vital and unique ecological importance and its value to residents and visitors.
Delaware Bay residents are deeply committed to environmental protection:
A strong majority thinks conservation can help economic growth:
Residents want to help, but more education is needed:
“The survey results speak powerfully about the values of the people who live on both the Delaware and New Jersey sides of the Bay,” said Charles Duncan, Director of the Shorebird Recovery Project at the Manomet Center. “We found that people from all sectors: business owners, local officials, sportsmen, birdwatchers and educators, are speaking with one voice, saying ‘We care about this place, our place, and that includes the shorebirds and horseshoe crabs.’”