he Delaware Bay has all the qualities of a mid-Atlantic estuary—strong
near its headwaters and strong oceanic influences where
it meets the Atlantic. Large marsh areas dominate the region, with associated narrow beaches and scattered summer home colonies. These natural resources provide numerous recreational opportunities. Situated along the Atlantic Flyway, the Delaware Bay coast has become a well-known, ideal destination for birders. The vast salt marshes rimming the coast serve as outdoor environmental laboratories for studying and observing nature. Throughout the bay region, a wide variety of ponds and interlacing streams provide exploration opportunities for canoeists and kayakers. Hunting, boating and fishing have long been popular pastimes for residents and visitors.
The area is home to several state parks, wildlife areas, fishing access areas, and four national wildlife refuges that offer recreational experiences in a variety of natural settings. Bombay Hook, Prime Hook, Supawna Meadows, and Cape May national wildlife refuges also lie along the coast, protecting and providing the public access to marsh environment. Many of Delaware's andNew Jersey 's wildlife management areas are also situated along the coast.
The Bay’s historic role in the nation’s defense is reflected in the architecture and activities at Fort Delaware, Fort DuPont, and Fort Mott state parks. In addition to the living history programs at the restored fort on Pea Patch Island, Fort Delaware State Park provides another mecca for birders at the Pea Patch Island Heronry, encompassed within the park’s 287-island acreage. Visitors to an observation deck often catch a glimpse of nesting great blues or other wading birds.
What You Can Do
Learn, get involved and be heard!
- Don’t litter. Leave a habitat better than you found it. When enjoying nature, carry along a trash bag and pick up litter when you see it.
- Participate in wildlife and habitat conservation projects in your area.