Stewardship of North Cove

Stewardship of North Cove

In addition to being home to millions of people and pets, New York City features some non developed natural habitats, including in Northern New York along the Harlem River. Consistent with it’s efforts Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association emphases on wildlife habitat conservation and eco-conservation education. Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association supports innovative environmental projects including hydroponics, daily river water oil skimming, native planting and clean green schemes, economic redevelopment and sustainable ecological management, and recycling to support various birds and wildlife, state of the art Wildlife rehabilitation and outdoor hands on science, chemistry, ecology, and conservation education, and international, national tourism.

Support Wildlife habitat stewardship at and around North Cove area.
Our programs includes  support the maintenance and restoration of North Cove and Harlem River Water, protection of wildlife including from annual euthanizing programs and contingent on self funding matching funds form other private and public sources, through paid memberships, donations, and services and items provided by other organizations, and institutions.
Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association supports a sustainable agriculture system in Northern Manhattan that benefits people and wildlife. We support providing locally grown sustainable food source and protection systems in Northern New York and along the Harlem River “it’s food shed, that features organic, generative and wildlife friendly farming practices to provide food sources at North Cove for the local and international migrations birds and insects.
MWAWA efforts focus on daily and nightly care and protection of feral and wildlife, and on land, shoreline and water quality improvement with a focus on reducing the stress on the life at and around North Cove, as well as education, and neighborhood outreach.
We invite a limited number of founding members, to be key members and resources of this strategy underway.
  • Monitor and protect property/area water from additional contamination
  • Rehabilitate and enhance natural habitat
  • Provide a multi-functional resource for the neighborhood, primarily a wildlife preserve
  • migration point which is a safe place where migrating wildlife can land and eat
    along their migrating path up and down the east coast seasonally
  • focus on neighborhood broad-based initiatives for NYS land, water and wildlife care
  • operate a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility
  • run field-based wildlife and feral outreach
  • pursue the establishment of an Inwood/North Cove Tidal Basin Wildlife Preserve
  • work closely and cooperatively with area private citizens, businesses, organizations, and institutions to balance these efforts with quality of life and economic development

MUWA manages multiple objectives in its planning and actions:

  • wildlife needs
  • ecological best practices
  • laws and statutes
  • broad range of neighborhood residence concerns
  • business concerns
  • government concerns, initiatives, and best practice recommendations
  • neighborhood enrichment and economic development objectives and goals

MUWA’s commitment to North Cove is to:

  • proceed with a unified vision with area stakeholders
  • restore amd operate at our sole or shared expense (eventually grant-driven)
  • adhere to standards, guidelines, and best practice recommendations
  • focus on long-term economical sustainability
  • envision a return to former wilderness beauty
  • accommodate and facilitate economic development for area
  • provide land, water and wildlife conservancy best practices and transparency
  • Monitor and protect property/area water from additional contamination
Our plan includes outreach to visitors and tourists who may leave with a commitment to financially support the Sherman Creek Esplanade, North Creek Wildlife Preserve.


Working closely with and under the direction of our primary wildlife mentors, Wild Bird Fund, MUWA provides emergency and long-term care rehabilitation and rescue/outreach efforts. WBF is a state and federal rehabilitation facility operating out of Animal General located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.    MUWA provides world class support and resources, including: 

  • Emergency care
  • Laboratory
  • X-ray
  • Veterinary diagnosis and support
  • Surgical resources and procedures
  • Dispensing medicines and medical supplies and authority from WFB at Animal General
  • Access to federal long-term care and release facilities, and sanctuaries 



[1] “Inwood  is the northernmost neighborhood on Manhattan Island in the New York City  borough of Manhattan – Wikipedia

[2]  “An estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.  Estuaries form a transition zone between river environments and ocean environments and are subject to both marine influences, such as tides, waves, and the influx of saline water; and riverine influences, such as flows of fresh water and sediment. The inflow of both seawater and freshwater provide high levels of nutrients in both the water column and sediment, making estuaries among the most productive natural habitats in the world.” —Wikipedia


[3] A tidal basin is simply a basin that is full of water at high tide and a mud flat at low tide.

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