News and stories about the waterways of 
New York and New Jersey, from the 
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014


Two years ago, WaterWire published a story about James “Birdman” Cataldi, who singlehandedly transformed a polluted cove on the Harlem River, where he had discovered a few sick geese picking their way through shards of broken glass, into a thriving natural spot to which birds — and the community — were returning. Mr. Cataldi was honored in 2012 by the Environmental Protection Agency for this work. Read the story here and check out a wonderful video about Mr. Cataldi here.

What was once an illegal dumping ground is now a wildlife sanctuary and community gathering place. Mr. Cataldi continues to work hard at the restoration and community outreach. On Saturday, September 27, his organization, the Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association (which is affiliated with Conservancy North), is sponsoring a two-part event — a shoreline cleanup from 10am to 3pm, and a music festival from 3pm to 9:30pm. There will be food and crafts, talks on biodiversity and educational activities for children. To get to North Cove, walk through the parking lot off 9th Avenue just north of 207th Street in Manhattan.

Mr. Cataldi calls this work a multi-generational responsibility. He hopes for a big turnout on September 27. “As we continue our tradition to service our community, people from all walks of life are coming together and celebrating our great natural resources, learning more, and helping out,” he wrote. “It is important our community sees how much progress has been made, that people stopped dumping garbage because people started to care.”

Sept 27th Events: Cleanup & Family Music Festival


What started as an illegal dumping ground is now an urban wildlife sanctuary & community gathering place, Please join Manhattan Wetlands & Wildlife, Conservancy North and your neighbors to help cleanup and restore the North Cove Tidal Wetlands in Inwood, NYC.  Enjoy a talk on biodiversity and the estuary with EPA award winner James “Birdman” Cataldi, and hear from other experts in related fields. And much more….
Music / educational activities for youth starts around noon.

There will be lunch for all those who pitch in. Please arrive a little early.  Sturdy shoes or boots and long sleeves recommended.   Roll up your sleeves and make a difference in our community!
Saturday, September 27th, 10am-3pm

27th cleanup

The 1st Harlem River – North Cove Live Music Festival follows our community clean event

(10am-3pm), featuring the best in local NYC jazz, rock n’ roll, latino sounds, & more…..
Cintrone Brothers, Clarence Spady, Sonido Cubano, Felipe Cuba, Seth Myers, Baron Perez  –  acoustic / electric, free admission, but-will pass-the-hat for donations.  Food w a small donation.

Your tax deductible donations are needed to support our all-volunteer community grass roots projects inc. restoration, wildlife rehabilitation, youth education outreach, and nature / wildlife conservation efforts.  (Family Friendly)  Saturday, September 27th, 3pm-9:30pm

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Special Guest Speaker Scheduled: 

the special emissary for Chief Louis Chinalquay and the people of Buffalo River Dene Nation located in northwest Saskatchewan, Canada.

Mr. Adelard Blackman, Chairman of the BRDN NGO and Special Emissary of the Buffalo River Dene Nation, frequently attends and participates in meetings held by the various UN bodies to raise awareness and support for issues concerning the BRDN.

Our long struggle has always been about the very survival of our land and our people”, said Buffalo River Dene Nation (BRDN) spokesman Adelard Blackman. “Unabated resource development is killing the land, our water, and our people.


The events originally scheduled for Saturday 13th, due to rain forecast, are now rescheduled for Sept 27th. Sept 13th events are rescheduled due to rain forecast in aft….Manhattan Wetlands & Wildlife North Cove Events Notice – new date is now for Saturday, September 27th.

Hope to see you there. Birdman

INCove Event


Inwood North Cove Event Announcement ………

Mr. James “Birdman of Inwood” Cataldi, Executive Director of Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association & The North Cove Project warmly invites you to our small gathering…..

Inwood North Cove Hurricane Sandy Candlelight Vigil

Riverkeeper – Inwood’s North Cove Community Cleanup and Shoreline Restoration


Sweep 2013 James Daddio Inwood Cove


On Saturday, May 11, more than 1,380 volunteers removed over 36 tons of trash from more than 70 shorelines, and planted 300 trees and shrubs.  Of the 36 tons, removed, North cove  80 volunteers removed 10.5 tons, which was 26 cubic yards.

We are incredibly proud of you for making the 2nd annual Riverkeeper Sweep live up to its mission as a the biggest day of service for the Hudson River.

As part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH series, presented nationally by Toyota, we’re connected to volunteers and advocates nationwide, all stepping up this spring and summer to highlight ways we can make our waterways healthier for wildlife, and safer for swimming, fishing and drinking.

The bottom line: Our river, its estuary and its watershed are cleaner today, because of YOU!

So what’s next? Stay involved. The Riverkeeper Sweep happens once a year but the river needs you all year round.

Do you want fish that are abundant—and safe to eat? Do you want water that is consistently safe for swimming?

Working together, we can make it so.

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And thanks to our financial sponsors and partners, without whom these incredible results would not have been possible.

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 Sweep is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. We’re grateful to recognize sponsors that include the Durst OrganizationJoe and Daryl Boren, Sprout Watches, Paragon SportsEileen FisherWhole Foods Market, GreenhousePleasant Valley StoneNY Kayak Company,Mother Earth’s Storehouse1-800-GOT-JUNK? New CityMetal Container Corporation (a unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev), and Sea Tow Central Hudson.

Our 2013 partners include American Rivers’ National River Cleanup, Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the Empire Dragon Boat Team’s Annual Flushing Bay Shoreline Cleanup, the City of Poughkeepsie’s Make Poughkeepsie ShineTerraCycle, andGreen Guru Network.


Join NowRiverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Contribute to this vital work, become a member today.

Please join Riverkeeper, Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association (MWAWA), Conservancy North, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Toyota for a shoreline cleanup of the North Cove along the Harlem River.
Inwood’s North Cove
Community Cleanup &
Shoreline Restoration

Saturday, May 11, 2013, Please join us for a work
session, either 10:00AM-2:00PM or 2:00-5:00PM
207th Street, 9th Avenue, Harlem River, New York, NY 10034

There will be lunch for volunteers, music, and people making a diff erence! MWAWA’s mission is to restore, clean, and enhance the cove and area water; monitor, rehabilitate and protect migratory and local wildlife; promote public water access and environmental education. Volunteers must register at or call Jim Cataldi at 347-360-1227. For more information contact River-keeper at or Jim Cataldi at Wear hard soled shoes, or boots, and long sleeves. Select from many kinds of work projects.  Special thanks to Wild Bird Fund’s 24 hour wildlife rehabilitation hospital,  the Mamadou Wafl ash Band, Mamadouwafl, MTA, and Conservancy North. The Riverkeeper Sweep is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH event, presented nationally by Toyota.


Inwood’s North Cove, Harlem River
Last Updated by Dan on Mar 29
For details or to register

Birdman of Inwood Video


What: Birdman of Inwood, video
When: Sep 2, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Description:You might want to check out the latest Birdman of Inwood, video, Sept 2nd, 2012….. One and one half years after the first birdman of Inwood video…

Shows the previously hidden licensed Wildlife Rehabilator side of the James “the bird man of Inwood,, NYS, USA” , bring in a new patient, as it will die if not care for immediately. James Cataldi works of the first 24 hour federal wildlife rehabilitation hospital bringing in a new patient there vision, ultimately keeping human populations healthy, as He keeps the bird and other wildlife and feral populations healthy. As well was one of US EPA 2012 Environmental Quality Award, individual person category, awarded on April 27 2012, in the Federal Plaza Building in Wall Street, Manhattan. This award is highest honor given to the public, for protecting and enhancing public health and the environment.

Goose Release


What: Goose Release
Where: Inwood’s North Cove
When: Aug 14, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Description: First goose released at North Cove is part of a national research study. Goose leaves upper west side Manhattan and hops on the “One” subway line, exits at 207th and leaves his cage to freedom after being successfully treated for a life threatening condition.

INCove Official Release Site


What: INCove Official Release Site
Where: Inwood’s North Cove
When: Aug 1, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Description: Inwood’s North Cove (INCove) Official Federal “Rehab & Release” SiteNYC Wild Bird Fund, a federally licensed wildlife facility, selects Inwood’s North Cove as new release site for water fowl after treatment.

The Wild Bird Fund is a non-profit organization helping to save wildbirds and wildlife in NYC.

Solstice at the North Cove – Music / Música


Solstice at the North Cove – Music / Música


Birdman James Cataldi : “Art Helping Life” Partnership


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.

Solstice at the North Cove – Music / Música


Where: North Cove, 207th St and 9th Ave
When: Jun 20, 4:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Description: Solstice at the North Cove – Music / Música 

A day of community, music, potluck picnic.
Music by Karavan Kosmiko & Northstar Shorakapok Choir with special guests.
A benefit for Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association
presented by Manhattan Peace Project and Tribes of Humanity.