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Goal : ‘boot-strap’ (rescue) a virtual, self-sustainable,
perfectly contiguous & diversified ‘NYC Sanctuary Complex’

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Inwood’s North Cove, Sherman Creek, Three Sister Coves
Internationally Protected Tidal-Estuary Fly-Way Complex requires rescue

Riverkeeper : Why We Swim in the Hudson River— Balancing Risks with Knowledge


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Why We Swim in the Hudson River—
Balancing Risks with Knowledge

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Riverkeeper science partner Dr. Gregory O’Mullan takes a dip in the Hudson.

Recent news has focused attention on sewage contamination in the Hudson River, but the alarming headlines about a new study of antibiotic-resistant bacteria should not make us turn our backs on the Hudson.

The study, by CUNY Queens College and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in collaboration with Riverkeeper, only adds another reason that you should be well informed before enjoying river activities, using available resources like Riverkeeper’s water quality data to help you make choices about where and when to enter the water. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria were found where raw sewage is found—and Riverkeeper’s data, along with some common sense, can help you avoid contact with potentially harmful pathogens found in sewage.

“Ultimately we hope to rid the river of sewage pollution entirely, but we aren’t there yet. The cold, hard fact is the Hudson still suffers from sewage pollution, and until that changes you need to be educated before entering the water. But that doesn’t mean that you should stop recreating,” writes John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper patrol boat captain and Water Quality Program Director, in a new blog post, Swim in the Hudson River—But Swim Smart. “You wouldn’t avoid swimming on sunny days because some clouds, somewhere, produce lightning. You wouldn’t avoid swimming in a quiet sandy cove because some other water has treacherous rocks and currents. Neither should you avoid swimming where and when water tends to be free of pollution, just because pollution exists at other times or locations.”

An author of the new study, and longtime Riverkeeper science partner, Dr. Gregory O’Mullan, agreed. “Having studied the river for a number of years there are places (near CSO or wastewater treatment outfalls) and times (especially following rain) that I would avoid contact,” he said in a Q&A on the study. “But there are also lots of places where I would swim and where I have swum. Last week I swam in the river near Saugerties. It was a hot day and it felt great to get into the river.”

Riverkeeper advocates for widespread and frequent testing of the water, timely public notification of sewage discharges, forecasting to inform the public about future water conditions—and ultimately the infrastructure improvements necessary to rid our waterways of sewage altogether.

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NYC, Inwood’s North Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

FOUNDER – JAMES [ BirdMan of Inwood ] CATALDI Mr. Cataldi is a licensed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation as a New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator, and is authorized to capture, transport, rehabilitate, and release injured displaced and orphaned New York State Wildlife, and works closely with its federal partners licensed by the department of the interior for federally protected wildlife. Mr. Cataldi has received years of training and support from the principals of the Wild Bird Fund.Former Professional Wall Street Business Career-Prior Accomplishments Authorized Technology Vendor of (Citicorp: 1985-2001); (General Electric: 91-2001); (Deutsche Bank – 98-9/11/2001) Was the first AT&T Information Systems VAR: 1981- 83 non-Bell Labs or Western Electric affiliate.Prior to the World Trade disaster: 25 years in the field, operation technology businesses, and in conducting R&D and practicing in multi disciplinary fields of finance, telecommunications and software intensive hardware systems. Accumulated extensive experience in requirements analysis, design and development, deployment and operations support including training of mission critical production systems. Acquired expertise in multiple inter disciplinary computer languages and platforms specializing in Specification Development; Expert Systems (AI); private R&D in elemental logical structures.

Cataldi performed extensive work involving quantitative analytical modeling of financials/ sensitivities (origination, valuation, corporate forecasting, and operational risk management). Involved in all aspects of the product development life cycle (waterfall, modified waterfall and MIT RAD and Microsoft RAD), with enhanced expertise in risk management (theory and practice).

Highlights Correspondence; meetings and project development with/ for a new Mr. Ken Williamson, head of NASA’s 3,600 Software Engineers At the Marshal Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Al. (Advanced Stealth Anomalies Detection Models) -1993- and Formal Invitations from the senior advisor for high performance communications and computers for the White House (Clinton Administration: Dr. Levy) to speak on proprietary fractal software models based on advanced stochastic quantum geometry: theory and problem application -1992. Conducted extensive work in Mathematical Methods of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and in developing and refining business planning, long-term strategic planning, short-term tactical implementation, business process re-engineering, risk mitigation.

Manhattan WetLands & WildLife Association
North Cove, Sherman Creek, & “Three Sister Coves”
Stewardship – Science – Rehabilitation – Restoration – Education  

International-Flyway Tidal-Estuary Restoration
Four-Cove Complex on Harlem River, NYC, NY, USA
U.S. EPA Endorses Steward : James A. Cataldi “Birdman of Inwood”

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Must Cats Die So Birds Can Live?


Must Cats Die So Birds Can Live?

Inside an animal-lover civil war.

By Jessica Pressler
Published Jun 9, 2013

Illustration by Bigshot Toyworks

All winter, Peter Marra’s children had been pestering him to get a cat. It was ironic, he thought as he walked up the snowy path to his modern farmhouse in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Especially now, when the country’s cat lobby had him pegged as the Josef Mengele of felines. In his years as a research scientist at the Smithsonian Zoo’s Migratory Bird Center, Marra had produced many studies on different threats to bird life, like glass buildings and wind turbines, but none received as much attention as those featuring cats. Since its publication in the January issue of the journalNature Communications, his team’s paper, “The Impact of Free-Ranging Domestic Cats on Wildlife of the United States,” which placed the number of birds felled by felines at 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion per year, had been picked up by most major media outlets, including the New York Times. Marra was proud, although when he saw the front-page headline, “That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think,” accompanied by a photo of a tabby with its jaws clenched around the neck of a rabbit, he braced himself for an onslaught.

Sure enough, the reaction from Alley Cat Allies, the country’s most powerful cat group, was swift and furious. “This study is part of a continuing propaganda campaign to vilify cats,” railed the group’s president, Becky Robinson, in a press release that, to the Smithsonian’s intense displeasure, made use of an incident in which one of Marra’s researchers was accused of cat poisoning to bolster a long-running claim that his group’s work was “a veiled promotion by bird advocates to ramp up the mass killing of outdoor cats.”

Within hours, comments on the Times’ website numbered in the thousands. There were the unabashedly ignorant: “I’m sorry. I must have missed the news flash that we’re having a shortage of birds.” The crazies: “My best friend is a CAT. How dare you suggest that CATS are killers.” The conspiracy theorists: “This stinks of anti-cat sentiment.” And the truthers: “If this is so, where are the close to 15 billion eviscerated carcasses?”

All day, hate mail had been pouring in, and as Marra opened the door, he glanced cautiously over his shoulder. “You cat-murdering bastard,” a late-night caller told the author of a similar study. “We’ve got you in our sights.”

Inside, his children were watching television. “Daddy, look at the cute kitty,” his daughter said, twisting toward him as a kitten appeared onscreen, playfully batting at something with its paws. Ah, yes, America’s favorite pet.

People love cats. Always have. The remains of Felis catus, small carnivorous mammals descended from Near Eastern wildcats, have been found in 10,000-year-old Cypriot graves and mummified by the Egyptians, who worshipped them. They’ve been the subject of poetry by fourteenth-century Thai monks, Victorian etchings, and many an Internet meme. At first, people kept cats around for their hunting skills—the ancient Greeks used them to police grain silos for vermin the same way New York City bodegas use them to keep mice away from the cornflakes. But mostly, it was because they’re cute. Cats have those aw-inspiring pedomorphic qualities—big eyes, round foreheads, snubby noses—that trigger a nurturing instinct in humans, and they can convey an almost human intelligence, as anyone who has ever found themselves in a staring contest with one can attest. Still, for every person who sees mute understanding in a cat’s eyes, another finds them creepy. Cats are strangely polarizing beasts, as capable of inspiring hatred as love. Those who dislike them see them as sneaky, moody, manipulative, even off-puttingly feminine. But to the majority, cats are beloved. Currently, nearly 90 million occupy roughly one third of American homes, and while modern cat owners might not use the word worship regarding their pets, there are signs that we are again living in an age of cat deification, the most obvious being that we allow them to poop in boxes inside of our homes.

While people are clearly committed to their cats, it’s not always clear that cats feel the same way. While they may be coerced into wearing a baby bonnet or playing the piano, they generally defy direction—hence the expression “herding cats.” They tend to give the impression of having their own lives, and because cats, unlike dogs, aren’t required to be licensed or leashed, many owners indulge them, allowing them to come and go as they please.

Perhaps because the sight of a cat slinking around on its own is so common, a surprising number of cat owners feel free to abandon them when they become a burden. At the end of each semester, college towns regularly see an uptick in the number of cats on the streets, and economically depressed areas are literally crawling with them. “After the housing market dropped, we found a lot of abandoned cats,” says Ken Ross of the SPCA in Putnam County, which is currently struggling with a large population of feral cats. Ferals are the homeless of the feline population, the down-and-out counterparts to the purebreds peering out from behind lace curtains. Wild and unsocialized, they survive by their wits and the kindness of strangers.

I am the Birdman of Inwood


My name is James Cataldi.   I am the founder and executive director of MWAWA, and the principal licensed wildlife rehabilator for northern manhattan. As well, the principal steward of North Cove on the Harlem River in Inwood ….(Sherman Creek area)   A parks wildlife rehab resource and ecological advocate / internship educator… pursuing a balance of open green spaces, and wetlands in Northern Manhattan (with full public access) along side responsible urban development.