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Inwood's North Cove -- August 2013
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. INCOVE NEWS 2014
NORTH COVE WETLANDS WINTER SPRING FUNDRAISING DRIVE

STEWARDSHIP GOAL: KEEP FLOCKS, HUMANS & MIGRATION PATHS HEALTHY(We are all part of web of life, not separate from it, what we to web we do to ourselves)

MANHATTAN IS A MIGRATION WINTER HOME FOR MANY BIRDS INC. WATER FOWL

Manhattan is a wintering home for many birds on the east cost migration path and has been for thousands of years, perhaps 100s of thousands or more. The trend is that we are destroying so many places like North Cove along this east coast migration path, that birds (and multigenerational insects like the monarch) can’t get from one place (to rest and heal and eat) to the next. Especially final locations for the season, like summer or winter, for species like the waterfowl who rely on the Manhattan area in the winter and has from what we can tell since before recorded history. With out healthy migration landing points like north cove dedicated to migratory wildlife especially in dense urban environments the east coast migration is under a realistic non recoverable threat of complete collapse.

MWAWA is now responsible for protecting, and providing stewardship for the North Cove Wetlands migration point, under the leadership of James Cataldi, licensed wildlife Rehabilator and 2012 US EPA Environmental Quality Award Winner; highest honor for enhancing and protecting public health and the environment.

North cove serves this critical function as a “health hub” Not only as a restored wetland estuary cove, into it’s fifth year but also where migratory and native wildlife / feral are captured and released for medical purposes, cared for and protected. The medical component of MWAWA stewardship is central to our value proposition; and provides health benefits far beyond the area…up and down the east coast. We as well have plans and a expert partner to help us to re introduce marsh vegetation into the mud flat making it a five zone or level salt water marsh.

In a decade or so when a five zone marsh will be fully established by our current estimates, all at no tax payer expense, North Cove Stewardship will be fully beneficial to the entire region. We ask you to join us in our mission, starting today with a donation or paid membership or volunteering at any level you wish and can afford. We can also receive items we can sell to purchase critical wildlife conservancy items gladly.

It is our vision that the Inwood North Cove Wetlands will be a lush self sustainable natural habitat eco system with the capacity to support multiple species through out the year. And monitoring / medical catch point. As well providing a scientific and enjoyment opportunities for all New Yorkers and tourists from around the world. And providing naturally diverse nourishment in the winter months, in the water and on land. Until then we ask for your support, especially now. North Cove offers great access to the Harlem River and an ideal setting for community out reach programs; and environmental justice internship as well as community service programs. An ideal location to teach people about natural habitat conservation, community service, and how modern plant growing techniques can create small business drivers and career opportunities here in Inwood, and help save and return natural habitats, like Inwood North Cove.

At the core of our behind the scenes work we have been developing, measuring and refining techniques which look to be becoming increasingly more effective in promoting spring migration north. This work and scientific research directly aids in reducing the numbers of geese year round in a sustainable manor. And not using critical city tax dollars as do the non sustainable killing programs carried out in the area parks in the summer by gassing them to death, including babies. Better to give the geese healthy winter homes, and build the birds up strong to make the migrations north then to kill them, and having year round residents of our parks and ball fields. And all the other benefits of places like the North Cove Wildlife Refuge/ sanctuary.

MORE FOOD ON THE GROUND IS NEEDED

This year North Cove needs more food on the ground to keep the immune systems healthy for all the wildlife using the North Cove for their winter home. THE BIRDS MOVE BETWEEN NORTH COVE AND THE AREA PARKS SO WE ARE SERVING THE ENTIRE AREA NOT JUST NORTH COVE.

 

UNUSUALLY COLD AMD SNOWY WINTER START

As the unexpectedly cold winter start and several early snow falls followed by freezing spells killed almost all of the grazing area, at north cove, which was expected to continue to feed the flocks into February, as we planted winter rye in late October. We hoped for at least 45 to 60 days of grazing area this year. So we had to start our supplemental food program earlier than we planned. And working on new methods to keep more grazing pastures starting next year. However we need more funds critically today and next month and are reaching out yo the public to support our mission.

HIGH NUMBERS OF LOOSE DOGS OFF LEASH IN THE AREA PARKS BRING MORE BIRDS TO NORTH COVE FOR SAFETY

We believe that the unusually high number of loose dogs off leash have made the populations higher at north cove this year.

WINTER HOME NEEDS TO HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO KEEP IMMUNE SYSTEMS HEALTH / AND READY FOR SPRING MIGRATION NORTH.. ONLY 60 more days to get ready for trip north as of January 20th 2014.

While most of the waterfowl will start to migrate north in 60 or so days, we are working hard to keep the flocks immune systems healthy with oils, vitamins, minerals and just enough fuel to keep them warm and strong for the migration north in the spring. WE DON’T WANT SICK OR WEAKENED BIRDS MIGRATING TO OTHER PLACES ONLY HEALTHY STRONG ONES. In the spring the birds to the south like heron and egret will take the place of the large flocks of water fowl if past years are any indication of the future.

The waterfowl (geese and ducks) are hearty species, however many have traveled long distances and are stressed, hungry and weakened from the long flight some thousands of miles. They are programmed to migrate south just below the ice line in the winter months, for thousands of years. Maybe tens of thousands. In recent years, the winters are getting more intense over the past years. Even record breaking, despite the general belief of climate warming. Looks more like significant climate change.

MIGRATION LANDING POINTS AND PLACES AT END OF MIGRATION PATHS NEED AMPLE FOOD, AND PROTECTION FROM PREDATORS

Significant climate change requires the migrating wildlife to have bountiful landing areas or places to provide for them. A place to stop rest, eat, recover from long migrations and prepare for the next, build strong social bonds so the flocks are large enough to travel together to reduce the amount of energy to move through the air for many hours, which new proof has proven flying in v formations does just was scientifically confirmed.

Protected safe setting like North Cove does just that. North Cove wildlife conservancy effort include supplementing the food and providing medical treatment programs as well.

Please donate at what ever level you can afford, no donation will be too small, even $3, at the following:

1. Furry Fiends.
630 W 207Th 
New YorkNY 10034
1212 942-0222

2.
NYCWetlands.org
Manhattan Wetlands & Wildlife Assoc. (M W squared)
347 360-1227

Thank you Birdman of Inwood and the North Cove


 
 

City Room - Blogging From the Five Boroughs

May 4, 2011, 6:52 PM

Bird Week | ‘Birdman’ of Inwood



          
 

As he rounds the corner of West 208th Street and Ninth Avenue with two green fishing nets over his shoulder, James Cataldi says: “You go first. They’ll flock toward me if they see me.”

Inwood’s North Cove, tucked behind subway yards near Manhattan’s northeastern tip, is a place of refuge for hundreds of birds. It is also where Mr. Cataldi, 53, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and former computer programmer, spends most of his time.

Mr. Cataldi says that before he stumbled upon it, this wedge of waterfront was a dumping ground and a “heroin shantytown.” In a year and a half, he has single-handedly removed hundreds of pounds of garbage, including car windshields and syringes. But “it will take years of continuous work,” he says, to remove completely the garbage still festering under the topsoil.

Now that the weather is warming, many of the cove’s feathered residents, including ducks, kestrels and Canada geese, have headed north. So Mr. Cataldi is focusing on starting his own organization, the Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association, to recruit volunteers and donations to the North Cove cleanup cause.

A rehabilitator’s charge is to aid injured or displaced wild animals, and Mr. Cataldi now makes it his daily mission. “TheBirdman of Inwood,” as many in the neighborhood call him, learned his skills by saving — and losing — lives at the North Cove and by volunteering with the Wild Bird Fund, a nonprofit group that treats wounded birds in New York City.

The fund is currently negotiating a lease on a building they hope will become the city’s only rehabilitation and education center, complete with a treatment area for waterfowl. In all of New York City, there are only about 30 active wildlife rehabilitators for millions of birds and more than 300 species.

The city currently lacks a wildlife rehabilitation center, said Rita McMahon, a rehabilitator who helps run the fund, “and the Wild Bird Fund is changing that.”

To obtain a wildlife rehabilitation license one must file an application with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and two letters of recommendation, be interviewed and post a passing score on the 100 multiple choice questions of the wildlife rehabilitator exam.

It also takes a special kind of person.  “I was a Wall Street guy. I was heavily into math,” Mr. Cataldi said. “But this is my calling. 

 
 


Inwood's North Cove WildLife Sanctuary, NYC



08-28-2012


Freedom to Create Positive Historical Change Now
 

 
           
James 'Birdman' Cataldi gives commencement speech at (E.L.L.I.S.) Preparatory Academy graduation event held at Ellis Island last Tuesday (June 26, 2012), awarding intern students who worked at Inwood's North Cove honorary Jr. Environmental Leaders Awards, to formally recognize their contribution which helped James earn the EPA Award, thus sharing the US EPA Award presented to James Cataldi, (highest honor given to the public), two months back.
           




          
              
E.L.L.I.S. bids goodbye
E.L.L.I.S. 2012 graduates rehearse for their Tuesday commencement ceremony,
which took place on Ellis Island.
 
http://riverdalepress.com/stories/ELLIS-bids-goodbye,50566


 
Community Event
 Solstice at the North Cove – Music / Música 





When : Wed, June 20, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
North Cove, 207th St and 9th Ave (map)
Description : Solstice at the North Cove - Music / Música
Wednesday, June 20 | 4:30-8:30pm

A day of community, music, potluck picnic.

 
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James 'Birdman' Cataldi : "Art Helping Life"

Inwood's North Cove
9th Avenue
New York, 10034

To get there, take the 1 train to 207th Street. 
Walk east on 207th Street (toward the Bronx) 
and then turn left onto Ninth Avenue. 
Walk north on Ninth Avenue to the end.



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