Swainson's Hawks are Now Nesting at New Mexico State University.

By David M. Boje, Ph.D. Updated April 17, 2017

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April 2017 and the Swainson's Hawks are back in their favorite tree, by Renfrow Gym.

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Here is the mate


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Hawk on Nest At NMSU April 2017


Its time to put out the umbrellas


And time to put out the signs so our students, faculty, staff know how to protect the Swainson's Hawks, and themselves.

Poster above by Kelley Hestir will help people on NMSU campus be aware of the rights of Swainson's Hawk to live and breed, and answerability of people to be aware of when they get too close to nests and hatchlings, and can get swooped. Us an umbrella to protect the Hawk and protect yourself! - Thank you.


Did I mention, Swainson's Hawk is listed on at least one endangered species list http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/t_e_spp/bird.html

NAKASHAWU #2 2016 artwork by Virginia Maria Romero

Credit information for the art: NAKASHAWU #2 / ©2016 / Artwork & Poetry by Virginia Maria Romero:

I still have a few T-shirts to give out


As of Aug 25, 2016 All, Umbrellas have been placed along Williams at the south west portion of lot 48 and along the sidewalk west of Regent’s Row

Please Donate so we can order more umbrellas to help:

DONATE BY CLICKING HERE - we have raised $920 and are buying more umbrellas to put out for free use. Thank you.


    Image above designed by Jered Pollard

    RUMORS IS TRUE - A HAWK PRESERVE COMING TO NMSU. "At the last space committee meeting, the group suggested thatwe send out an update, and we are pleased to tell you that many people have found offices and storage elsewhere. When the Jett folks move back home next spring, Regents Row will be close to vacant and could be a potential hawk preserve." - Sept16,2016.


    Poster above by Kelley Hestir will help people on NMSU campus be aware of the rights of Swainson's Hawk to live and breed, and answerability of people to be aware of when they get too close to nests and hatchlings, and can get swooped. Us an umbrella to protect the Hawk and protect yourself! - Thank you.



    NMSU Swainson's Hawk feeding young fledgling

    NMSU's own Swainson's Hawk feeding young fledgling (Aug 1 2016, photo by Molly Molloy - please contact her for use in any publication)

    Photo by Carol Campbell - Now look at how the Hawk has grown by September 25, 2016

    Here is another view of the fledgling that is now ready to fly 7,000 milles with parents to Argentina.


    Photo courtesy of Jimmy ZabriskieSun News Photo (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Zabriskie) See news story:

    River of raptors flows through southern New Mexico skies

    by Marcy Scott September 11, 2016

    We are going to need hundreds of umbrellas and posters (stenciled on ground or handed out, in order to protect the Swainson's Hawks so they can live safely w hile it is their season at New Mexico State University, and to protect people to walk safely.

    Please Donate so we can get the materials needed to help:



    Below is a Picture of our NMSU hatchling July 22 2016

    BELOW recent work on storytelling from Denmark events

    1. Bastian & Boje - a conversation about music and stories

      Musician Peter Bastian and Professor David Boje talk about music and storytelling. Dialogue event at Copenhagen Business ...


NOTE: Respect the Hawk and the Hawk will respect you. These are my own views as a Public Intellectual, and do not reflect those of University, City, and so on.

SLIDES -- SEAM’s ‘Storytelling Dialectical Method’ and the Failure of Appreciative Inquiry as a Scientific Method of Organizational Development and Change June 8 ODC Lyon Presentation

PAPER for ODC Lyon June events

Hawk in Tree at NMSU June 11 2016

Recent 'Antenarrative' Blog Activity

Main antenarrative blog page

What is the Music of Storytelling in Denmark?

Today June 3 2016, Peter Bastian, Denmark’s beloved musician, composer, and author and I, a storytelling theorists, will do a session at Copenhagen Business School on the the relation of Music and Storytelling. Peter will have his own answers, here I will blog to sort out my own. Anders Kryger, from CBS and MAN Diesel and Turbo, will moderate and ask us each questions. I will give examples from Diesel House and Ragnarök Rock Musi Museum to illustrate the relation of Music and Storytelling.


Enacting an Ethics of Care of Humans for Swainson’s Hawk family at New Mexico State University

May 30 2016


Hawk's Spirit at NMSU and its role in Dialectical Storytelling 

May 29 2016

Is Hegel and Peirce Triadic a Multifractal? 
May 25 2016

Boje's First Drawing of New Logo and Brand for New Mexico State University (Used by Permission)

A more recent juxtaposition

Juxtaposed (photo of Swainson's Hawk by news journalist), the Sidewalk sign photo by Mbel Sanchez, and the Madonna Hawk painting by Virginia Maria Romero placed side-by-side, and what kind of vibrant mattering vibrations and collapsing quantum waves in motion it sets in motion? (juxtposition Boje, May 29 2016) 

    ABSTRACT. Swainson's Hawk and Human for a century had been Sharing a common Habitat at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Three years ago, the co-existence became problematic of the Human species. Why did this change happen? Dialectical Storytelling Theory is introduced to explore this question. Dialectical Storytelling Methodology is introduced as an alternative to retrospective sensemaking. Storytelling Dialectical Praxis (its onto-story-telling) is called for instead of naive epistemic narrative of the naive bystander. I also call for Posthumanism, a being-for-other species in a heart-of-care, rather than the only being-for-self of our humanism and its unsustainability. On a critical praxis NMSU needs to change its current narrative strategy, and develop an Ornithology Science Lab, and make the Swainson's Hawk its New Logo, and drop (or demote) the Pistol Pete branding. There are four dialectics (at least) entangled in this Situation, and not the naive synthesis so often mistakingly attributed to Hegel. There is no synthesis, just negation of negation in self-movement.

    I also propose NMSU install its own webcam, when the time is right (when family is secure and stable) as a step toward School of Sustainability. At University of Pittsburgh, is a webcam atop the Cathederal of Learning, a raptor 4/30/2016 has just laid her egg, but here at NMSU there is no webcam, and no celebration of learning. At Cornell University, a webcam a top a pole above the football stadium. NMSU has had some research on the Cooper's Hawk. Now New Mexico State University could research how to Care and Respect the Swainson's Hawk's right to raise their family, and to learn to safely co-exist with another species:

    Swainson's hawk (Buteo Swainson), was named after William Swainson, a British naturalist aka  grasshopper hawk or locust hawk, as it is very fond of Acrididae (locusts and grasshoppers) and will voraciously eat these insects whenever they are available (More at Wikipedia). William, like Columbus, thought he had discovered something else. Both were mistaken.

    Did I mention, Swainson's Hawk is listed on at least one endangered species list http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/t_e_spp/bird.html

    NAKASHAWU #2 2016 artwork by Virginia Maria Romero

    Credit information for the art: NAKASHAWU #2 / ©2016 / Artwork & Poetry by Virginia Maria Romero:


    "We could learn something of life

              by watching...

    the Hawk

             circles above blue black mountains

           taking only what it needs

                           to survive" --- Virginia Maria Romero

There is a Storytelling Dialectic in motion, a self-movement of Hawk Sprit changing an entire University. Hegel's Dialectic can be applied to a new understanding of Storytelling in four aspects, and its a way for Hawk and Human to co-exist in the shared Habitat of a University:

  1. The Sensemaking Dialectics, (A) the opposition of retrospective (backward looking 5 senses at old path) and prospective sensemaking (fore-sight 'Bets' on future paths arriving); (B) the opposition between this 'Here', 'Now', 'Mattering' of direct experience and the Other 'Heres', 'Nows' (past & future), and 'Matterings' one did not experience, or has forgotten, or will have forgotten. The revolutionary insight is that sensemaking has fluidity of dialectical storytelling as the direct experience merges seamlessly with the unexperienced heard 2nd or 3rd hand.
  2. The Irritability Dialectics, (A) the opposition of humans' being-for-self and being-for-another (such as the Fledglings of the Swainson's Hawk); (B) the reaction of organic Nature (Hawk-ness) to the inorganic Nature (construction sites, encroachments on Hawk territory, lack of Hawk space, homeless Hawks, and so on). The revolutionary insight is the extent of elasticity as the NMSU and the Organic systems return to their most habituated form of being (e.g. humancentric pattern of unsustainability).
  3. The Reproduction Dialectics, (A) The introflective dialectic of narrow observing consciousness (being-for-self) versus the observing consciousness about the reproduction of a species (being-for-whole of life); (B) the dialectic of human reproduction of unsustainable habits of being-in-the-world versus the ways of the heart-of-caring for a plurality of species sharing one habitat and one world; (C) the dialectic of living-for-this-generation versus living for the sustainaiblity of 7th generation.
  4. The [Swainson's Hawk] School of Wisdom, First 3 lesser mysteries :(A) Initiation into the first dialectical mystery:How to Respect and Honor the Swainson's Hawk is a rite of celebration each Spring as the migrant pair arrives from the 7,000 mile journey from Argentina, making their nest once again atop the Renfrow Gym Mulberry Tree. As the Webcam is installed, the NMSU community eagerly awaits the birth for 1 to 4 fledglings. (B) Initiation into the second dialectical rites of Fore-Having are taught to initiate students by their faculty in-order-to set up the best conditions for human and hawk safety as the Swainson's Hawk pair rathers twigs and string to make their nest. (C) Initiation into the third dialecticalrites of Fore-Structuring ways both Humans and Hawk-fledglings are safe as Hawk couple teaches the fledglings to fly, to hunt grasshoppers and dragon flies, and to avoid any predator-humans. Initiation into the higher mysteries: How to engage in Acoustic Rhetoric, the ability to listen to the Swainson's Hawk alarm cry, 'Kearrrrr...' and know to move away from the mature and fledgling, which includes not walking while staring at cell phones and not blocking hearing with ear buds so the 'Kearrrr' and 'Kerrrr' sounds can be distinguished' (D) Initiation into the rites of the dialectic of Invitational Rhetoric versus Accusitory Rhetorics (e.g. old signage around campus before create of Wisdom School, and the new signage after which educates in science and common sense, and critical thinking and critical reasoning).


Once upon a time, long long ago, Hegel (1807) developed a wider and deeper understanding of dialectics than the simple sensemaking retrospective narrative that survives to this day. Rather, Hegel referred to the ancient Greek practics of the School of Wisdom where people got initiated in Spring and Fall into the lesser and some of them, into the greater mysteries. "Mysteries were the Eleusinian, whose rites were celebrated every five years in the city of Eleusis to honor Ceres (Demeter, Rhea, or Isis) and her daughter, Persephone"and "Bacchus (Dionysos) represents the rational soul of the inferior world. He is the chief of the Titans--the artificers of the mundane spheres. The Pythagoreans called him the Titanic monad. Thus Bacchus is the all-inclusive idea of the Titanic sphere and the Titans--or gods of the fragments--the active agencies by means of which universal substance is fashioned into the pattern of this idea. The Bacchic state signifies the unity of the rational soul in a state of self-knowledge, and the Titanic state the diversity of the rational soul which, being scattered throughout creation, loses the consciousness of its own essential one-ness. The mirror into which Bacchus gazes and which is the cause of his fall is the great sea of illusion--the lower world fashioned by the Titans." (More on this topic) and See NMSU dissertation on Acousic Rhetoric and Pythagorus by Gerri McCulloh (2015).

Some introductory events are next to give you a sense of the lesser and greater Storytelling Dialectics in movement, unfolding at NMSU, as it discovers the Swainson's School of Wisdom, and its important dialectics of critical thinking.


June 6, 2016. The umbrellas and T-shirts have been ordered

Hawks are getting more protective, male tried four times to fend off people today. We think they’ll have a hatch in a week or so.

Signage and maps are being presented at Sustainability Council meeting on Tuesday June 7th.

We are gathering student help to educate with flyers on car windows, suggestion was from parking attendant who didn’t know about the hawks until told about them.

Life/Hawk guards should know about using and maybe get an few umbrellas. They can share knowledge with swimmers. We’re hoping an interested student will help manage the umbrellas.

Our Office of Facilities and Services people will need to put some stands out. These could be 4 to 6 inch PVC tube, anchored with a stake in the ground, with the info on use and return. Perhaps something on give the Hawks and fledgling a wide berth, so 30 feet.



The signage has changed May 26 2016, and a slightly new potentiality beckons a new bet on the future. The old signs on the lawn have changed and new signs are on the sidwalks where students look while cell-phone walking, staring mostly at the virtual world on their screen. This is part of a new dialectic, called the semiotic dialectic. We see half of it in the first photo, and its antethesis, negation of negation, in the second photo part of a Dialectial Storytelling, the triadic Hegel (1807) developed of Logic-Nature-Spirit, now a multi-fractal.

May 26 2016 Photo by Mabel Sanchez, doctoral student Management Department NMSU (Used by Permission)

There are different ways to interpret the Hawk Umbrella signage. We hope the interpretation is Humans be Aware and take Care, so the Hawks and Humans can co-exist in same Habitat, and Hawks can have the Right to raise their Family between April and August, then return 7,000 miles to Argentina for the Winter.

What if we let this Sidewalk signage encounter an artist's rendition of the Hawk-Human-Habitat dialectic:

Art by Virginia Maria Romero - used by permission

Credit information for the art: NAKASHAWU #1 / ©2016 / Artwork & Poetry by Virginia Maria Romero

What new meaning happens when the NMSU Hawk Umbrella signage is side by side with a more spiritual rendition of Hawk Human?

May 26 2016 Photo by Mabel Sanchez, doctoral student Management Department NMSU (Used by Permission) and art image by Virginia Maria Romero, used by permission


May 27 2016 Photo by Mabel Sanchez, doctoral student Management Department NMSU (Used by Permission)

This sets up a new 'semiotic dialectic' between University 'official' branding sign "All about Discovery" and the iconic 'umbrella hawk' Sidewalk signage, and has implications for Hegel triadic fractal (Spirit-Nature-Logic)l, as people now call it

Hegel - Christianity

(Source) See more at blog post Is Hegel and Peirce Triadic a Multifractal? 
2:49 am on May 25, 2016

This Hegelian semiotic dialectic "combines elements of the first [Jameson dialectics] two as an image of their future contradictions writ large in the possibilities of social and ecological transformation" (Hitchcock, 2011, bracketed addition, mine). This movement of the dialectic has a history, what Hegel calls an interfusion of Action and Being, a shift in meaning-making, stimulated between May 26 and the news of May 23 based on the video of May 16, 2016, the opposition of social media films, which has an even longer history. A shift, a vital transformation of strategy is happening at New Mexico State University as various social media are opposing one another, and the dialectic of human virtuality and Nature's world is shifting in the ontological and dialectical storytelling. The implication raised by Miller (2016: 26) applies, "the ontological nature of communication reflects a semiotic/dialectic (yin-yang) type dichotomy inherent in the nature of existence that can only be resolved by creating larger spheres of beneficial interactions". There is something beneficial in the Swainson's Hawk interactions with the Human-centric at NMSU, a shift from being-for-self to being-for-Hawk. The Hawk is contributing to a better Nature-Human-University relationship. The oppositional forces of narrative (Hawks aggressive to Humans) and counter-narrative (Humans aggressive to Humans) sets up a movement, not to synthesis, but to a Dialectical Storytelling, as I am calling it here. And as Miller (2016: 29) puts it, "the ontological nature of communication is a reflection of the semiotic nature of existence."

Contingencies are happening, a Law of Nature bent or Law of Frederal Fish and Wildlife broken, the social medias chime in, shifting the Dialectical Storytelling process of Humancentric dialectic with Posthumanist answerability of the whole University. E.G.

NMSU may have broken federal law after attempting to remove hawk nest

The University has been told to no longer destroy the Hawk's Nest May 23 2016

see news report


EMAIL Received May 18 2016 2:15 PM New Mexico Time zone

Hi, Dr. Boje -

[Reporter] with KFOX-TV is interested in speaking with you about the hawk situation on campus. If you would like to speak with her, you may reach her at 505-xxx-yyyy.

I sent a text to your cell with this info, as well.


NOTE: Boje is in Denmark, and with time zone differences and his primative cellular technology, he cannot comply

The Dialectical Storytelling is pragmaticism (Boje, 2014), and involves a triadic. American Pragmatist, John Dewey (1929: 183-4), as Miller summarizes “believed that a semiotic perspective—if developed—enables a person to perceive existence in terms of triadic communication interactions the results of which allows energeia to play a role in the outcome of the encounter (energeia represents the potential encounters have for actualizing what is of intrinsic value). “This, Aristotle’s energia has dialectical storytelling import because in a quantum sense, it is a means of collapsing waves of energy of concerned parties in their dialectic semiotic interaction, the triadic of Nature’s habits, wishing the socioeconomic context of the college disciplines becoming the basis for new sensemaking, perception, and larger sensing of the reproduction of species, and new potentialities of wisdom in every New Mexico State University discipline: Agriculture, Sociology, Ecology, Law, Business, Marketing, Health, Operations, Ethics, Philosophy, Engineering, Education, Rhetoric, Communication, and so on.


EMAIL Received, May 18 2016: 4:30 PM

Hi David,
At lunchtime I just happened to see a news crew taping the hawk area so stopped to talk to them. Both are NMSU alum. Told me they wanted to do a ‘different take on the hawks, a welcoming angle.’ Had followed your blog, seen Carol’s video[filmed May 16 2016].

Messaged Carol and she came right over. They did a lengthy interview.

Modern communication tools are pretty nice.

(No such thing as coincidence!)


[Name withheld for confidentiality]

Photo May 16 2016 of News Crew filming interview with Professor Carol Campbell


Note: This sets up an Observer's Effect, as the Observing Apparatus (camera) transmits images and sound to editors, who create an evening news story, which for first time, will create a story of the possiblity, a new agential cut, of a new 'Bet on the Future' a way of developing NMSU's own Living Learning Laboratories of Swainson's Hawk wisdom discovery

This creates a resultant Observer's Effect on the retrospective narrative (backward look) of the items below.

"Thus, architectonics is useful as a methodological strategy because of its relationshiop to the semiotic methodological approach that calls for deciphering the coding that occurs in media messages and offers a methodological means for determining meaning. It is based on semiotics insight into how codes reflect something basic to what it means to be human (in addition to their reflecting the signs or symbols of a particular culture)" (Miller, 2016: 30).


WHAT IS THE RECENT STORY?: Email Received, 17 May 2016: EMAIL: "What is the latest on the Swainson's Hawk couple"? 

... just got verbal confirmation that status has changed. No more nest removal!
Stay vigilant and watchful. Video speaks louder than my swearing at the unfortunate workers who were assigned. The last crew was a combo of f&s staff and Wasserman &wasserman, tree removal service. Contractors, not biologists. They are just doing what they are assigned. 
Brings up questions of tree removal and trimming during the breeding season. Should be illegal also, at least in the other 49 states. These workers have no training in nest Id or egg id.
At least we have some attention. I tell myself - stay positive and cordial.  It is for the birds.OHMM.



Signage of Human Centric Removed May 27 2016, to make space for New Signage strategy. Below our May 17 2016 suggestions to University Operations:

new sign by C C

New Proposed Sign for New Mexico State University, preliminary signage concepts for the Hawk habitat area. Because we must to turn the campus into a living laboratory, the education angle is included (with marketing and fund raising potentials.(art by Kelley Hestir, as concept piece, not final version yet) (May 17 2016)

The signage is designed for side walk stenciling [which commenced May 27 2016] - could be progressive, like a story board - keep it interesting. 
The umbrella sign points to an umbrella station with more information including:

- A "your are here" locator map
- A locator map with alternate routes [can be on an app]
 Information on where umbrella pick-up and drop-off stations are. (Gonna train up the campus Homo sapien wildlife)
- A QR code for 'collectibles' purchase info.
- Hawk educational information


Analysis: There is something to be worked out in the Dialectical Storytelling, the opposition of Hawk-Human-Habitat pits friendly Nature and a world where the Otherness of Swainson's Hawk is a threat, an obstactal between being-for-self and being-for-another.

This “semiotic dialectic concerns the qualification of the context, which constituted the otherness with which students are faced. Here the opposition is radical, referring to two basic constructions of scenario: a world where one’s encounters will be of a friendly nature and a world where otherness is seen as a threat, as an obstacle between the self and one’s own desires” (Mossl & Salvable, 2011: 166).

This is part of fore-having, and fore-seeing antenarratively a new path of Posthumanism at NMSU, where Hawk is not a Threat, but an actual Opportunity, for a shift toward a School of Sustainability, emerging out of Hawk and Human semiotic dialectics.

Fore-Seeing a LIVING LABORATORIES at NMSU, a part of 6 Colleges transforming into an entire School of Sustainability (art by Kelley Hestir, as concept piece, not final version yet) (May 17 2016)


Our NMSU Swainson's Hawk flying above the Nest May 23, 2016 (Photo by News Media, collecting B-roll for a shfit in its storytelling, KFox-TV).

It is a Situation of movement, of transformational action, as University adapts human-centric strategy to a posthumanist world where Hawk and Human co-exist in Habitat. This is a Dialectical Storytelling of the Bet on the Future that there will emerge quite soon the 'Swainson's School of Sustainability' at NMSU. This will include initiating students, faculty, staff, and guests into the Mysteries of the School of Wisdom.

Next we get deeper into ontological theory and method.

Here is the Basic Ontological Theory:

Antenarrative Theory and Dialectical Storytelling

Antenarrative Theory (Boje, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2014) and work by Marita Svane makes connections between Heidegger and antenarrative types.

Drawing of Antenarrative relations by Marita Svane (see Boje, Svane, Henderson & Streval, in press; Svane & Boje, 2014; Svane & Boje, 2015; Svane, Boje & Gergerich (2015).

The opportunity here is a different kind of antenarrative, one of fore-caring (becoming) can emerge, if NMSU learns from its errant Hawk-care experiment, and the sciences of all six colleges, produce different experiments, on the relationship between Hawk-Human-Habitat.

Next, we develop Dialectic Storytelling with its roots in Hegel (1807) Phenomenology of Spirit. Spirit is Reason, not in the hereafter or netherworld, but the interfusion of Action with Being in this world, in space, in time, and in mattering.

Dialectic Storytelling Method and Theory

Boje's Dialectical Storytelling Model

Dialectical Storytelling Model (Drawing by Boje, used by Permission)

Dialectical Storytelling is a methodology for tracing the movement of many contradictions. It has four phases: Sensemaking Fluidity, Self-Other Elasticity, Reproduction, and Search for Wisdom.

  1. Sensemaking Fluidity Dialectic (aka Sense-Certainty) This is what Weick calls retrospective sensemaking and Hegel calls sense-certainty, but stresses its universal fluidity (Hegel, 1807: 3266). Both Weick and Hegel are about the five senses as they sort out a Here, in relation to other Heres, this Now in relation to other Nows, this 'I' an observing consciousness in relation to other 'I's' also observing. Hegel is much more about the ontology of 'movement' as the observing consciousness of the sensemaker enacts a process of selective remembering and forgetting. These multiplicities of relationships of 'movement' in the 'dialectic of sensemaking' of Heres, Nows, and I's has a fluidity of movement that is core to the sensemaking dialectic of storytelling. The fluidity involved is that a particular Here, Now, and 'I' are in dialectic relation to the context of others Heres, Nows, and other I's. Some Here-Now-I is experienced first-hand, or directly. However, in storytelling, a plurality of Heres, Nows, and I's are second-hand, or even third-hand, yet blend in with what one directly experiences. In addition the sensemaker is forgetting (Hegel, 1807: #109) what was directly experienced, and what others related as their own experience, which in turn is the negation of negation, the forgetting of experience, as more experience occurs. Hegel's purpose is to go beyond sensemaking, to deeper and wider kinds of awareness. In the case of Human-Hawk-Habitat (3H), the Human is dimly aware of the Hawk, as a nuisance, as dive-bombing the unaware student walking blindly about Nature staring at their cell-phone screen (or at the ground), or with ear-buds listening to music, rather than hearing the 'Kearrrr' Hawk's alarm sound when Human gets too close to prey (food source), or to (egg), or to hatched (fledgling). Ironically, the Swainson's Hawk never seems to dive-bomb or 'swoop' at the workers deconstructing the nest, destroying the heart of the nest (see above photos). Heidegger (1962) does have 148 references to 'Hegel' and objects to hisdialectical account, and ends his book with pronouncements about the dialectic, and is stunned by 'spirit' Being-in-time, in Hegel. Heideeger, like Marx, cannot abid 'spirit' in the dialectic. Heidegger (1962: #405-6, p. 467, online version):
    "In Hegel's Interpretation of time both possibilities are brought to the point where, in a certain manner, they cancel each other out. Hegel tries to define the connection between 'time' and 'spirit' in such a manner as to make intelligible why the spirit, as history, 'falls into time'. We seem to be in accord with Hegel in the results of the Interpretation we have given for Dasein's temporality and for the way world-time belongs to it. But because our analysis differs in principle from his in its approach, and because its orientation is precisely the opposite of his in that it aims at fundamental ontology, a short presentation of Hegel's way of taking the relationship between time and spirit may serve to make plain our existential-ontological Interpretation of Dasein's temporality, of world-time. and of the source of the ordinary conception of time, and may settle this in a provisional manner."
  2. Self-Other Elasticity Dialectic Hegel's key concept is organic elasticity, the return of variations to a selfsameness pattern. In storytelling, the being-for-self and the being-for-other come into a dialectic, and more negation of negations. Hegel (# 266) terms this phase, Irritability, the reaction of I and Other to one another, or being-for-self in dialectic to being-for-another. There are two wider domains of awareness beyond sensemaking, and beyond the Self-Other Elasticity Dialectic. Students on cell-phones walking blindly about Nature, and faculty seen swinging a broom handle at fledgling, is all about being-for-self, and is dialectically opposed to being-for-another, in this case the Hawks, and their Fledglings. The University is being-for-self, in its narrative about avoiding the possibility of a lawsuit, brought by student (or parents), and is therefore, having the grounds crew deconstruct the nest. Meanwhile at University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, and other universities, there is no war between Humans and Hawks, no deconstruction of nests, but rather anticipation over the newly laid eggs, the birth of fledgling greeting by positive regard, or being-for-another-species. It is the difference between Humanist, and Posthumanist ontology. There are two even wider awarenesses.
  3. Reproduction Introflected Dialectic Introflected, is a wider aspect of sensemaking awareness, of the whole, of self-preservations of the species, of ones dialectical role in bringing forth individual that keep the species in its movement.
  4. "Reproduction, however, is the action of the whole individual. Reproduction, taken in the sense of self-preservation in general, expresses the formal Notion of the organism, or sensibility [aka sensemaking]; but it is, strictly speaking, the real organic Notion or the whole, which returns into itself, either qua individual by producing single parts of itself, or qua individual by producing single parts of itself, or qua genus, by bringing forth individuals" (Hegel, 1807: #266, bracketed addition, mine). In our case study of NMSU and Hawk co-existence, the Swainson's Hawk pair are attempting to bring forth individual fledglings, producing eggs in a carefully constructed nest, in a tree in which they were born, and this is an act of self-preservation, in general of its species.

    Friday May 6th, 2016, a Swainson's Hawk couple moved their nest site from Renfrow Gym to a tree much closer to the heart of New Mexico State University Campus, at Regents Row/Frenger site. NMSU had to bring in special work crew (with Arborist license & taller crane) to deconstruct the newest nest, built from Friday to Monday morning. 70% done, there is a shot of the nest at the end. What are the Hawk pair telling NMSU? Its about their instinct to Reproduce, to preserve this Endangered species. While Cornell University has 3 million web views of its Hawks, and welcomes each new birth, NMSU has a strategy of removing each nest. Can the strategy be to move the pair to the Golf Course, or atop a Light Tower of the Football Stadium (like Crnoell does), or to the edge of campus to 'A' Moutanin (which is actually the ancient Aztec's Tortugas Mountain, before a Fraternity renamed it, and put an "A" in white painted boulders there; bfore that the Catholics colonized and converted the tribe), but this is still a 'Here' a place where there is more peace for the Swainson's pair? I would like to see a webcam installed like the research universities in other 'Heres' do.

4. The School of Wisdom Wisdom is mentioned 24 times in Hegel's (1807) Phenomenology of Spirit. Spirit means Reason, and this phase of Reasoning Spirit, is something Humans can learn in a School of Wisdom. Hegel gives the example of the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries of Ceres and Bacchus:

“In this respect we can tell those who assert the truth and certainty of the reality of sense-objects that they should go back to the most elementary school of wisdom, viz. the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries of Ceres and Bacchus, and that they have still to learn the secret meaning of “the eating of bread and the drinking of wine. For he who is initiated into these Mysteries not only comes to doubt the being of sensuous things, but to despair of it; in part he brings about the nothingness of such things himself in his dealings with them, and in part he sees them reduce themselves to nothingness. Even the animals are not shut out from this wisdom but, on the contrary, show themselves to be most profoundly initiated into it; for they do not just stand idly in front of sensuous things as if these possessed intrinsic being, but, despairing of their reality, and completely assured of their nothingness, they fall to without ceremony and eat them up. And all Nature, like the animals, celebrates these open Mysteries which teach the truth about sensuous things” (Hegel, 1807: #109).

Initiations into the School of Wisdom was held in the city Eleusis, in old Aggie culture of ancient Greece, dating back to the Mycenean period (c. 1600 – 1100 BC). The Mysteries of the School of Wisdom, were to honor Ceres (Demeter, Rhea, or Isis), her daughter (Persephone), and Dionysis. It includes the myth concerning Demeter, a goddess of agriculture and fertility, and was recounted in one of the Homeric Hymns (c. 650 BC). The initiates learned Nature's most sacred secrets. For Hegel, animals are not shut out form wisdom, and celebrate these open Mysteries of what lies beyond sensemaking and Self-Other dialectics, and beyond Introflected dialectic. Of course, Las Cruces New Mexico has its own School of Wisdom, a top 'A' Mountain, once known by the Aztecs as Tortugas Mountain, but the ancient wisdom was colonized in Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta by the missionaries, then by our University (see Tortugas Mountain article).

Source: Tortugas Mountain

There is a Here and Now mystery, as well, of the annual migration of the Swainson's Hawk pair, from Argentina, a 7,000 mile journey, to a Nesting Tree, in the heart of the New Mexico State University campus.

After 50,000 years of Human and Hawk species co-existence, what is it about these past several years, that is as Derrida puts it, out of joint? I hazard an abduction, that the more than the usual construction has been happening the past 3 years, with the new Dominici building, the new photovoltaic parking structures, the renovation of Renfrow Gym, and renovation of Engineering I building, with its faculty staying in the temporary offices at Regents Row, and so on. Maybe Human is unaware of his the noise and chaos of building construction affects the peace and serenity of the Hawk. Once upon a time, the NMSU campus was an inviting Habitat to the Hawk pair, and Humans paid them no never mind. Why 'Here', why this particular 'Now' why 'I' among all the Heres, Nows, and I's. Not just the "I" of indifference, or the "I" of concern over litigation, but also the "I" of the grounds crew, a few faculty, who stare at the Mystery of Nature, and see a tragic loss of opportunity.


Why are the Swainson's Hawk endangered species?

    Friday May 6th, 2016, a Swainson's Hawk couple moved their nest site from Renfrow Gym to a tree much closer to the heart of New Mexico State University (NMSU), and once again on May 9th, 2016 the University cut down the pair's nest. QUESTION: Is this organizational strategy by NMSU the very exact definition of Insanity?

    Monday May 16 2016 7AM, my University once again cut away the Swainson's Hawk nest, but this time there was an egg, and both were tossed carelessly to the earth by the workers. The University is expecting different results from the Swainson's Hawk, while continuing the acts of nest destruction.

As Hegel (1807: #108) puts it "The Here, which was supposed to have been, pointed out, vanishes in other Heres, but these likewise vanish."

In other words, the Egg surviving in the Nest, and hatching a Fledgling is a Here that was supposed to have been, but instead a plurality of other Heres happened, and these too shall vanish. What I point out in Dialectical Storytelling approach, is the Fledgling that would have been is a negation, brought about by the negation of several prior negations: the Egg, the Nest, the Branches which supported the Egg and Nest, and so on. The Lesson plan for the Copenhagen Business School presentation I will give on Friday May 20, 2016 is about Dialectical Storytelling, and its a live case about organiztional storytelling.


My Observing Consciousness Made Four Films to Explore Dialectical Storytelling between Human and Hawk Species on the Habitat known as the New Mexico State University Campus. I call this the 3H (Human-Hawk-Habitat), which is in Dialectical Storytelling ontology, an 'interfusion of being and action'.

Hegel (1807: #401, Phenomenology of Spirit):

“Talent is likewise nothing else but the determinate, original individuality considered as an inner means, or as a transition from End to an achieved reality. But the actual means and the real transition are the unity of talent with the nature of the matter in hand, present in that interest: talent represents in the means the side of action, interest the side of content; both are individuality itself, as an interfusion of being and action. What we have, therefore, is a set of given circumstances which are in themselves the individual’s own original nature; next, the interest which treats them as its own or as its End; and finally, the union [of these] and the abolition of the antithesis in the means. This union itself still falls within consciousness and the whole just considered is one side of an antithesis. This illusory appearance of an antithesis which still remains, is removed by the transition or the means; for the means is a unity of inner and outer, the antithesis of the specific character it has as an inner means. ”

The illusory antithesis appearance still remains, and is not removed by the deconstruction of the nest, again and again, over the time period of a month. My antithesis, my negation of the University's negation, is no match for what is unfolding. The talent of the tree-tenders, the interest on the side of human individuality, is an aborted dialectical storytelling, a strange alienated interfusion of being-in-the-world of Human and Hawk, whose actions are quite different.

I theorize that there are four different dialectial storytellings happening, and they are thoroughly entangled. Hegel calls them simply: Sensuous, Irritatibility, Reproduction, and School of Wisdom. I will substitute the word sensemaking for Sensuous, in-order-to draw attention to how the succeeding three, go beyond the definition of retrospective sensemaking narrative (Weick, 1995) and make important contributions to the sensemaking appraoch, so popular in organization studies.

The Human reacts with Irritability to the Hawk seeking by strategic organization action to exile the Hawk immigrant, while most of the 20,000 humans do their best to be indifferent, to ignore the Hawk, and few take pity on the migratory Swainson's Hawk couple. The Hawk enacts Reproduction dialectic of self-preservation of raptor species, which is a dialectic entirely different than Human sensemaking dialectic, or the Human dialectic of being-for-self and being-for-another (Human, not Hawk nor Habitat).

On Sunday May 8th 2016, I visited the favorite Mulberry Tree site, where several nests had been constructed by the Swainson's Hawk couple, only to have them deconstructed by the University workers (under orders of the administration). I did receive a message from the School of Wisdom, a single Hawk feather, that was directly beneath the last nest site, and lay between two splattered eggs that had recently fallen to Earth from on high.

Swainson's Hawk Feather

Photo of Egg spltter and a Swainson's Hawk Feather, a Gift from their School of Wisdom (Photo by David Boje, May 8 2016, Sunday, used by permission).

What Message of Wisdom do the Hawk Pair bring to Humanity? What are we learning form this month-long encounter between University and Hawk? If we fly above and look down on this Situation, look before and beneath it, what antenarratives does the feather tell us? How did this feather become dislocated? Can she fly as well without it? What instinct of Reason drives the Hawk pair to keep constructing nests, only to have them dashed to the ground again and again? What kind of Reason does a research University have to interfere with the Reproduction rhythm of a a species that is millions of years older than Human kind?

First Watch 4 Videos by Professor David M. Boje and 2 by Professor Carol Campbell


VIDEO Trailer: Can Hawk and Human Co-Exist at New Mexico State University filmed 2 May 2016, a Monday First Video

First Video Abstract: I want to find a way for Hawk and Human to Live in Peace in their Shared Habitat. The Swainson's Hawk pair journey 7000 miles from Argentina to New Mexico. Three years ago, the MaMa and PaPa Swainson's Hawk began to dive bomb and swoop the Human (17 incidents of students, faculty, and staff of NMSU getting swooped). Last year one woman received 8 stitches when she got between fledgling and the parent hawks. This year, a woman got a scratch on her scalp after being swooped 'by a bird' (could have been a hawk), and mercurochrome was applied at the NMSU student health clinic. The University's strategy has been to observe the nest site each work day (Monday through Friday), and once a nest is 50% established, but it away, deconstruct it out of existence, a 'dirty' job that the NMSU Office of Facilities and Services (OFS), actually their workers (& sometimes a subcontractor) must do, as the means of University implementing its strategy.

Professor Carol Campbell video, Monday May 16 2016. In this film the NEST with the EGG in it, are thrown to the ground by the work crew. Once Again NMSU has been reported to US Fish and Wildlife. This is a change to earlier protocol of never disturbing a nest with an actual egg in it.

2.52 Minute Video (this is shot at end of video [2.45] of worker tossing Nest and Egg to the ground. This appears to be a violation of Federal Law: the destruction of an achieved nest with egg. The Egg was turned over to Federal Authorities



NMSU's Swainson Hawks' Egg Falls to Earth and Contents Die filmed 2 May 2016, a Monday - Notice how much more careful the workers are on 2 May than they became on 16 May



Second Video Abstract: The Fledgling unborn, the Egg Falls to Earth, and the University once again Destroys the Nest and Cuts Away Branches from the Shared Habitat.


You can hear the NMSU workers say at end of the film joking about the destruction

NMSU Worker 1 "Yah they're back"

Professor Carol Campbell" "youu whoo , hickkeee hicckee They both got sticks" [Note: the sticks are in the beaks of Mama and Papa Swainson Hawk, who have been hard at work building their nest for 24 hours, day and night]

NMSU Worker 1: "Yah you got both of them, the male and the female here."

NMSU Worker 2: "Here she comes"

NMSU Worker 1: "Is that little bird positive?"

NMSU Worker 2: "Yah" [Chuckling]

NMSU Worker 1: ""That little bird knows in about three seconds it could be lunch [laughing]

NMSU Workers 2: [Chuckling] "I don't know, I think it thinks we are on his side?"

MaMa and PaPa Swainson Hawk had spent the weekend building the nest (70% complete) after it was destroyed Friday. An Egg has fallen to Earth, possibly on Sunday, before the nest was finished.

May 2 2016 Fallen Swainson's Hawk Egg at NMSU

May 2 2016 Photo of Fallen and Broken Swainson's Hawk Egg, 'Before' the Heart of Nest could be completed by D. M. Boje (used by permission)

The nest over that weekend (April 29 to May 1st 2016) was about 70% completed, only the center of the nest (below) was not yet constructed by Mama and Papa Swainson's Hawk, but the egg apparently was laid too early (the nest itself was removed on May 2nd, when 'I' was in the 'Here' and this 'Now' to film the 'Mattering' of the Egg. On May 3rd, I turned the Fallen Egg over to New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Official for further study.

The Fledgling unborn, the Egg Falls to Earth, the University once again Destroys the Nest and Cuts Branches from the Shared Mulberry Tree. A Pair of Swainson's Hawks have made 5 attempts in past two weeks to build their nest at New Mexico State University. It is illegal by Federal Law to be cutting down Hawk Nests, but somehow the University is getting around the law. How might Human and Hawk coexist in the Habitat at NMSU? Can we begin to respect other species right to Habitat? Can we be more like other research universities such as Cornell, who celebrates and reveres their Hawk nesting and fledgling events. I believe that since HAWK EGGS are Falling to Ground, and Fledgling is destroyed, that NMSU can just leave Nature well enough alone, let the Hawks Reproduce, term is over, so not a great risk, and let them head back 7,000 miles to Argentina. Let's Make Swainson Hawk the new NMSU mascot.

Worker reports the center or heart of the nest was not complete. I turned the egg over to US Fish and Wildlife, after a complaint was lodged that the University actions violated the Federal Law called the Migratory Bird Treaty, something the government signed a century ago. On Wednesday 4 May 2016 the representative took the egg to have it analyzed. He said the university had been granted an exception to the law, and was following the Us Fish and Wildlife recommendation to cut away the nest in-order-to encourage the Swainson's Hawk pair to choose a different tree, further away form the center of the campus, and its human traffic. The new interpretation of the law, 'Here' and 'Now' is that a voilation of the law would only occur if the university did anything to disturb the nest, after the Swainson's Hawk couple had secured an actual egg (or several) in the nest. After that the Hawk was 'free' to keep the egg(s) wam, hatch them, and raise its fledgling before making the trip back to Argentina in July or August. University students and faculty are divided on the this 'Mattering', some see the Law already broken, others seeing the University negotiating their own compliance with the Law, but most quite 'indifferent' to what is 'Mattering', what or more technically, the 'spacetimematterings' (Barad, 2010: p. 264):

"What if the ghosts were encountered in the flesh, as iterative materialisations, contingent and specific (agential) reconfigurings of spacetimematterings, spectral (re)workings without the presumption of erasure, the ‘past’ repeatedly reconfigured not in the name of setting things right once and for all (what possible calculation could give us that?), but in the continual reopening and unsettling of what might yet be, of what was, and what comes to be?"

And (Barad, 2010: p. 244) a definition of spacetimemattering: "Multiply heterogeneous iterations all: past, present, and future, not in a relation of linear unfolding, but threaded through one another in a nonlinear enfolding of spacetimemattering, a topology that defies any suggestion of a smooth continuous manifold."



Hawk Omen AWARENESS about Walking While Texting at NMSU Filmed on Tuesday Morning 3 May 2016

Third Video Abstract: NMSU STUDENTS ON CELL PHONES are Earth-Walking without Awareness Our Students are Earth-Walking The Swainson's Mama Hawk sits, pregnant with eggs, atop a Mulberry Tree while university does multiple construction sites, students walk beneath the tree, while Papa Swainson's Hawk prepares to abaondon this 'Here' and 'Now' Mulberry Tree that is located next to the Renfrow Gym construction site. MaMa Swainson's Hawk never moves despite all the noise and activity she observes below.

Friday May 6th, 2016, a Swainson's Hawk couple moved their nest site from Renfrow Gym to a tree much closer to the heart of the campus. This is the opposite direction that the University had been hoping the hawk couple would move to.

More Data for Conducting Dialectical Storytelling Analysis, the live field case for Copenhagen Business School

We met at NMSU as a Sustainability Council May 3rd 2016. I chair the Council. I displayed the egg shell and remains. We need more than lawn signs, students are not paying attention see. Students stare at the ground, not at signs on a lawn, or at creatures of the air, looking down on them, with caution. We had a conversation between Council members, some faculty, others grounds crew, some staff members, and several students.


May 2nd 2016 Swainson's Hawk Egg that fell from tree by Renfrow Gym since apparently nest not completed (Photo by G. M. used by permission)

During the conversation, we each took a turn to talk about the situation. What became apparent to me, was how much feeling the Grounds crew, the Office of Facilities and Services had for wild life, tree life, and human life. As one person put it "I am from the Northwest, lived in Oregan, and I love nature... I know more about nature than most [faculty] since I care for it every day..."

I left the meeting, wondering about the Hawk's side of the story.

On May 4th, I presented solution options to the VP of Operations and two of his staff members:

We need more than lawn signs, students are not paying attention, and are at risk from the pair of Swainson Hawks. This danger is more severe once fledglings hatch.

SOLUTION ONE: PASS OUT REAL Hard Hats, REAL Umbrellas. Put them in stands for students to pick up and return. Its LOW COST and can save students from going to Health Center with a wound. Thank You and BE AWARE!

SOLUTION TWO: More education about Swainson Hawks. Not all Hawks swoop or dive. Rather, this young pair does, and caution is warranted, in my opinion

SOLUTION THREE: Put up a web cam. Dr Staglian of Design Center in English is willing to donate a Web Cam, and to set up the web site.  At Cornell University, the Red Hawk web cam gets millions of hits, and money comes in donations, such as when a fledgling is born, or when one is at risk.

SOLUTION FOUR: As the Hawk pair is encouraged to move to a tree site further away, we need to get some people who know how to handle the Hawks, to get them to move in a direction away from Frenger/Regents/Renfrow.  Perhaps as far as the pecan groves south of campus.

SOLUTION FIVE: Watch our rhetoric. I am first to admit my rhetoric has not been as great as it could be. We need a rhetoric, as Gerri McCulloh of Invitation, not just one of accusation or blame.  There are larger issues at stake, such as how Humans change the Habitat by acts of new construction and renovation, and how these actions create changes for the Hawks, and many other kinds of birds and creatures of the land. McCulloh, G. E. (2015). Toward an acoustic rhetoric: Vital materialism's diffractions (Doctoral dissertation, NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY).

SOLUTION SIX: We have a great opportunity at NMSU to establish Living Learning Labs for our students, to teach them to get out of cell phone reality and reenter the realm of Nature. Our grounds crew knows this nature better than our students, and most of our faculty. They take care of it every day, and have to respond to critters such as feral cats, and Hawks that do not represent their entire species, and are clear and present danger to students who just are unaware, not being taught to be aware

SOLUTION SEVEN: Close the parking lot north of Renfrow Gym. Its just too dangerous for students oblivious to their surroundings, unaware of they are walking under birds of prey, who could get alarmed by a truck backing up, and its lout shrieking noises, and so on

SOLUTION EIGHT: Dr. Campbell, Dr. Wells, and I are looking at some grant funding to bring about greater understanding of all the Living Learning Lab situations on campus, not just the Hawk pair, but many species that our University accommodates and Facilities cares for

We hope to work together, Facilities and Faculty, Students and Staff, to develop a more sustainable situation. We learn from each experiment, and conducting new experiments on how to live in harmony and in safety, is what Aggie Science is all about.

Thank You and BECOME AWARE!

Songs and Calls of Swainson's Hawk

Long, plaintive, whistled 'kreee' is the Acoustic Sound Rhetoric of Swainson's Hawk, their song of alarm when Humans come too close to Nesting tree, to Nest itself, or to the New born Fledglings learning to fly and forage. Swainson's Hawk Voice - Adults make a shrill 'kreeeeee' or 'kearrr' alarm calls when perched or in flight, often in response to human intruders at the nest tree, or humans getting too close to fledgling hatchlings as they learn to fly, before their migration 7,000 miles, back to Argentina
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.


The Swainson's Hawk are telling us something, and its time to listen. But, the Alarm Call, the 'Kreee' and 'Kearrr' being shouted in high and soft pitch, is not being heard in the limited language vocabulary of the Human. Too many Humans are walking about with cell phone, and with ear buds, and can not hear the Swainson's Hawk Alarm Call. What is the Hawk telling Humanity? Is the 'Kearrr' calling forth the possibility of care, the co-existence, that the notness of the Nest, the fallen Egg, the notness of the fledgling, as Humanity denies the possibility of its Being, as instead our cell-phone-screen obsession summons a digital world and that we are unable to become free of cell-world, and experience Nature, that Aggies have closed themselves off from Nature, and what Heidegger (#286) calls "the call of care" and the "Being of care".

Can We Heed the Omen, the Kreee call of the Swainson's Hawk?

What are the Swainson's Hawk Pair Kreee-ing to Humans, is an Alarm, a Message about their coming Exile from the Nesting Tree, from their Nest building?

Please Caution our NMSU
Earth-Walking without Awareness, Texting and Listening to Music -- to learn the message of Kreee...

Our Students are Earth-Walking completely UNAWARE of Two Birds of Prey, they do not hear the Kreee-message of Alarm. While not all Swainson Hawks act with aggression to protect their nest and fledgling newborn, on the NMSU campus... This pair has been known to dive-bomb, to swoop down on Earth-Walking Humans. So do Swallows, and many Swallow nests are in the newly constructed Dominici Building, and without knowing the Kreee-Alarm-call of Swainson's Hawk, students may not actually know its different from Swallow acoustic rhetoric (as Mculloh's 2016 NMSU dissertation informs us).

It is a failure of Higher Education, to be walking around Frenger, Regents Row, and Renfrew Gym parking areas, staring down at a CELL PHONE, and not paying attention to Swainson's Kreee-Kree-Kree-ness alarm and the very loud and high-pitched, single or double-noted, peeh or pee-peeh-ness of the Swallow. Click for Video of Swallow Alarm sound.




NMSU's Swainson's Hawk move to Tree closer to heart of campus filmed 9 May 2016 at 8AM Monday by David M. Boje See May 9 2016 VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyWunpj1OyM

Fourth Video Abstract: After a month of the Swainson's Hawk nest being deconstructed in the two Mulberry trees next to Renfrom Gym, on Friday May 6th, the pair moved to a new nesting sit in a Fir tree, located a block closer, and right at the Regents Row offices, just south of Frenger Food Court and the newly finished Dominici Policy Building (one of three Business College buildings). Next, the 'heart of the nest' lies beneath the Fir Tree, after the contract workers (calling themselves, 'the Muscle') deconstructed the latest nest, but left the heart of the nest on the grass, just below, and between two signs stuck in the lawn, on the corner in front of Regents Row building, as a Regents Professor ('I') shoot the film.

May 9 2016 Swainson's Hawk Nest on Ground

May 9 2016 Photo of Fallen Swainson's Hawk Nest by D. M. Boje (used by permission)

My 'I' observes a 'Here' and 'Now', the heart of the Swainson's Hawk Nest that actually fell to the ground as once again the University deconstructed the nest site, expecting the Hawk pair to move further away from the heart of the NMSU campus. The Nest fits in the plam of my hand. It is composed of fine cotton fibers collected by the Swainson's pair, in preparation for 2 to 4 eggs. Once the eggs stay in the nest, in the tree, in a Here and Now that is not yet happened in 2016, then the Federal Law called the Migratory Bird Treaty, takes over, and the University, its grounds crew, its subcontractor crew, and so, may not disturb the nest, its eggs, and the fledglings will be protected.

A University manager, from Grounds, arrived at 6:30AM and watched the magnificent Swainson's Hawk pair build their nest, and he says "shed tears" knowing that the contractors were soon to arrive, and would destroy the nest. "I love nature" he says (May 9th 2016, interview quote).

But can Hawk-Human-Habitat be brought into a more intelligent and respectful relationship? As a research University, surely we can do better than cutting away Hawk nest after nest, and then blaming the Hawk for defending its nest against these attacks.

NMSU Storytelling Consulting Seminar (Mgt 685), on walking tour to see the battle between NMSU and Hawk over Habitat (April 25 2016)

Where I kneeled on April 25, the subcontractor's truck drove between the two signs, parked and raised its mechanical crane to intercede, to deconstruct the Hawk's nest before any Egg was layed, and thereby circumvent Federal Law, cutting the law itself away. The background sign has the NMSU new 'branding slogan; "NMSU: All About Discovery!" In the foreground, another sign: "CAUTION: Aggressive Nesting Hawk in This Area. Please Detour and Take an Alternate Route. Umbrella Advisable." The Irony of the two signs, is vibratory, shaking the core of my Being. Here is a still picture form the film of the Truck driving in-between the sign 'Aggressive Hawk' at left, and the University sign, 'All About Discovery!' at right.

Photo Still of the Sign at Laft and the Sign at Right at the Truck with Crane technology drives through their in-Between Space (by David Boje, photo used by permission).

Antenarrative is the before-narrative coheres, the 'bets' being made on the arriving future, the beneath (fore-conception), the between (fore-structure), and becoming of care (fore-care). Hegel (1807: #108) puts this pointing-out (the photo taken above) that I am doing by my own observiing consciousness, this way:

“The Here pointed out, to which I hold fast, is similarly a this Here which, in fact, is not this Here, but a Before and Behind, an Above and Below, a Right and Left. The Above is itself similarly this manifold otherness of above, below, etc. The Here, which was supposed to have been pointed out, vanishes in other Heres, but these likewise vanish. ”




all species of hawks are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and it is illegal to harm, harass or kill them.
—I'd sure say NMSU is harassing two hawks -- and arguably harming them.  
—…position is that what NMSU is doing is legal.  
"It also appears that NMSU has contacted FWS about a permit to do more.  That would likely involve moving the hawks, which would be done by an expert, not by NMSU itself; and it could even allow NMSU to kill the hawks, although NMSU's Tom Dobson told me Friday afternoon that "destroying the birds is not an option that we're even pursuing.”


Let us hope it does not come to that End, that fore-having action, the move from destroying nests, destroying life possiblity of fledgling, and the reproduction of the Swainson Mama and Papa Hawk pair, their fledgling eggs without nest.

We need an interdisciplinary Science at NMSU that treats Operations and its Systems, as a living learning laboratory, and can engage in new experiments, that creating fore-care, fore-structuring, and fore-concepts different than NMSU's current Hawk-Human-Habitat ways of Being in Organic Nature. We need citizen scientists to step forward and protect the Mama and Papa Swainson Hawk pair, their fledgling nest, and inquire about the strange interpretation of nest laws of Federal government.

The Hawk pair, need names, for they do have their own Self in a Notion of organic consciousness, whereas the Human at NMSU lacks organic Nature consciousness, and is preoccupied with inorganic Nature.


A photo of faculty member, Carol Campbell, in front to NMSU's 'All About Discovery!" official narrative, and the Operations Narrative: "CAUTION Aggressive Nesting Hawk in the Area. Please Detour and take an Alternate Walking Rout. Umbrella Advisable"

This strikes me as irony, the juxtaposition of Discovery at a Research University with operation Systems blaming the victim of daily removal of nesting sites as the culprit. To repeat, Slavoj Žižek (2014) question: "Is It Still Possible To Be A Hegelian Today?".

It is possible that Hegel had a very different Notion of dialectic than either Marx or Adorno. It is a dialectic of the instinct of Reason, finding something more than retrospective sensemaking, something hidden beneath, in the fore-structuring (between) Hawk-Human-Habitat.




Here is a 5th video, filmed by Professor Carol Campbell, Geology Department Head at NMSU. Carol Campbell of NMSU Geography Department film

20160408_081619.mp4 And here is an analysis of the Dialectical Storytelling, its sensemaking dialectic:

NMSU crew removing Swainson's Hawk nest.


Swainson Hawk Nest Chainsawed by Workers on NMSU Crane

Every Morning for 2 Weeks in April, 2016the Swainson Hawk Pair's Nest has been Destroyed by New Mexico State University Grounds Workers

Mama Swainson Hawk Protects Nest against Workers with Chainsaws

Mama Swainson Hawk, flies in at Right to Protect Nest against the Nest Attack by NMSU Grounds Workers

Annotate Hawk Nest Destruction by University Grounds Workers as Scientist Observes Scene

Above is Annotated Picutre of the Interaction of 2 NMSU Grounds Workers with machine, about to the Destroy Swainson Hawk Nest in Mulberry Tree, while a Faculty Scientist takes the Picture with Her Cellphone, Mama Swainson Hawk and We Readers/Observers Engage in our own Sensemaking Storytelling of the Scene (Image by D. M. Boje, used by Permission)

Drawing of Actual Nest and Mama Swainson Hawk, as Papa Swainson circles above watching the Attack by the University Workers on their latest Nest, as the Fledgling (not shown) will Not be born at NMSU in 2016 - Annotated Drawing by D. M. Boje, used by permission

In this image, I try to show the destruction by the University of this Swainson Hawk pair's nest, as Mama Swainson is driven away, and Papa Swainson circles above, and the position of the Research Scientist taking the Picture. As the Nest is taken away, no place for the Eggs to be in the Mulberry Tree. More at https://davidboje.com/hawk This is an instance of a Dialectic, the antithesis of Reproductive instinct of Organic Nature coming into Opposition with New Mexico State University's resistance to an Interspecies sharing of Habitat. Yet, in Las Cruces 5 other Swainson Hawk pairs are reportedly nesting, without any Swooping, Dive-bombing incidents. Why not at a Land-Grant Mission Aggie University, a Research University, which seems to have lost its way.

New Mexico State University has negotiated an exception to Federal Law regarding the Migratory Bird Treaty, a century old agreement to keep the species breeding grounds from being disturbed. The Swainson's Hawk have had to adapt over the 50,000 years of Human encroachment of their nesting and breeding space, as Agribusiness and now University this past century has changed the Habitat. Peace existed between Human and Hawk for most of the 50,000 years of co-existence. But something about the new acts of building construction, the changes in lawn care, the ways in which the alarm sounds by Hawk are being still ignored, has to be part of this history storytelling of Humans-Hawk-Habitat at NMSU.



    COMMENT FROM Mike Bonifer (BigStory)

    "Two weeks ago, a pair of Swainson’s Hawks began building a nest in a tree on the campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces NM.

    Swainson’s Hawks are magnificent migrators, traveling in flocks that can number in the thousands from their homes in Western North America to spend winters in Argentina. A trip that can be as long as 14,000 miles. They go big AND they go home, it’s not an either-or situation for them. These birds aren’t fooling around.

    The hawks’ habitats have been deconstructed by humans over the past century, with more and more pastures and grasslands –both in North America and Argentina–getting converted into row crops grown for Big Ag companies. Pesticides and tilled fields take Swainson’s Hawks, who feed on rodents, rabbits, insects and snakes, out of the equation. Neighborhoods the hawks have occupied for millennia are getting agri-fied. They can’t be happy about it.

    So here come this pair of Swainson’s Hawks into New Mexico, where it says Land of Enchantment on the license plates. Imagine it. They met, got hitched and had their honeymoon in Argentina, and after flying 7,000 miles back north, spotted these lush green quadrangles of grass in an otherwise arid landscape. The New Mexico State campus. Peeled off from the flock. Picked a tree. Began building their dream home.

    What do NMSU’s leaders do in response? If your guess is that they make the hawks feel welcome, take a seat, no soup for you. The correct answer is that, fearing litigation if a student should 1) by some remote chance every look up from a mobile device while 2) walking near the tree where the hawks are nesting, and 3) a hawk talons a student’s eyeballs out of their sockets like they’re a couple of quail eggs, the university 4) orders a maintenance crew to chainsaw the limb holding the hawks’ nest, and 5) destroy the nest.

    What do the hawks do in response? They move to another tree, and begin building another nest. The university gouges the next nest out of its tree, too. Dr. David Boje (BO-jee), who holds the Wells Fargo endowed chair in the NMSU School of Business, is a Regent’s Scholar, the school’s highest faculty status, and chairs the university’s Sustainability committee, gets it on video.

    Boje has been updating the story on his Facebook page. I spoke with him last week (disclosure: he’s an Advisor to bigSTORY). We talked about alternatives to destroying the nests–creating mobile free zones where the hawks are nesting; giving out umbrellas and hard hats; an awareness program a la Cornell, which tracks hundreds of birds nesting on its Ithaca, NY, campus; moving the language in the story away from ‘severing words’ like ‘chainsaw,’ ‘litigation,’ danger, and into more constructive language; and changing the name of the school mascot from Pistol Pete to Hawks.

    This last idea, sports fan that I am, caught my attention. “Pistol Pete?” I say. “You mean like Pistol Pete Maravich, the basketball player? That’s New Mexico State’s school mascot?”

    “Yes,” says Boje. “It used to be the Roadrunners, but seven or eight years ago, they changed it to Pistol Pete. It’s named after a man who kept fighting the Civil War after it was over and killed a bunch of people, I guess he was a good shooter, so people started calling him Pistol Pete.” (He was referring to this guy who sounds as if he could be the patron saint of the open carry movement.)

    “I realize why Roadrunners was a bad mascot name,” I say to Boje. “Everyone thinks of the Warner Brothers cartoon. But Pistol Pete is just as bad. Most people first think of Pistol Pete Maravich. And now you’re telling me it’s a guy who went around killing people after the Civil War?!”

    Yes,” Boje explains, “the university hired an agency to design a new mascot and that was their recommendation. And it turns out the name Pistol Pete didn’t even belong to us. It belonged to a school in Oklahoma. We got sued over it. I think we have to pay a licensing fee to the people in Oklahoma to use the name of our own mascot.” (He was referring to Oklahoma State University, and the ‘Pistol Pete Mascot Showdown of ’14,’ How hung up on history that’s outlived its usefulness can a brand’s narrative get? This is a textbook case.)

    The choice by that pair of Swainson’s Hawks to make the NMSU campus their home, was a gift to the community. It offered the possibility of new conversations, and new meanings to emerge–about student safety, liability for natural phenomena, and the limits of paternalism; about offensively-named school mascots–especially in the heart of Hopi and Navajo tribal lands, with a significant part of the student body having tribal roots!; about differentiation in the marketplace; open carry laws on campus; intellectual property rights; shoddy agency/contractor work and lack of client diligence and oversight; about monological narratives vs. dialogical narratives. And all the learning that goes along with all of those dialogues.

    In treating the hawks as intruders instead of guests, the NMSU forfeits all those possible outcomes in exchange for a guarantee of its objective: no hawk-related lawsuits. And a set of sad outcomes like ‘homeless hawks with shrinking habitats.’ And ‘nothing learned, nothing gained, just old stereotypes reinforced.’

    We ignore Nature’s story at our own peril. The day we quit learning from Nature is the day we quit learning.

    NMSU’s administrators could benefit from listening to what the Swainson’s Hawks have to say." COMMENT FROM Mike Bonifer (BigStory)

      IdentityNewsStory Organization


Swainson's Hawk the Migrant and Immigrant

The Swainson's Hawk "exiled from
his/her “homeland” into the world of [NMSU Construction & Grounds Crew ] work where he/she becomes a stranger with all
the negotiations of entry and accommodation which this demands" (Additions in brackets mine, source: Yuk-kwan Ng, R., & Höpfl, H. (2011). Objects in exile: the intimate structures of resistance and consolation. Journal of Organizational Change Management24(6), 751-766). As the Hawk pair becomes a stranger in an ever-stranger land, a Habitat, changed by virtuality, digital screens, the "ontological meaning of the notness" of Hawk's egg, nest, fledgling, and elf-preservation of its species is hereby called into question (Heidegger, #286). Humanity is guilty of establishing a fanciful idealism of the domesticated Hawk, who does not swoop, dive-bomb after making the 'Kearrr' alarm call, that the cell phone generation cannot heed, cannot hear, cannot understand. I should add I disagree with Heidegger's dismissal of Hegel, his dialectical method. Heidegger (#215) called Hegel's dialectic "a methodologically retarded naive realism". But Hegel did dare to go outside of Kant's Transcendental Dialectic. While Heidegger tries to shake of Hegel's ontological tradition of the dialectic, I think we can say that there is a "positive possibility of that tradition" that Heidegger (#22) has failed to explore. In this essay I call in the 3H (Hawk-Human-Habitat) into question, for the Hawk's cry 'Kearrr' is a clue to the dialectic Interpretation of the 3H ontologically, so we can dissolve a number of concealments: the possibility of care, the way 3H was coexistent in spacetimemattering for 50,000 years in New Mexico, and is in a process of destruction of the world of Nature, and our possibility for discourse makes the Hegelian dialectic more relevant. Heidegger (#25) says the dialectic "has been a genuine philosophical embarrassment [that] becomes superfluous" since Plato and Aristotle reduced it to the present-at-hand of Parmenides (#25), and Hegel (#215) engaged in naive material realism. Heidegger does ask an important question: "why does all dialectic take refuge in negation, though it cannot provide dialectical grounds for this sort of thing itself, or even establish it as a problem?"

I think we can follow Denmark, and take a Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) approach to higher education, to being Aggie, to initiating the care of Swainson's Hawk as a disclosability, a discernment of what Being in Nature, the egg ready-to-hand to the Nest, to Mama and Papa Swainson's Hawk, and to the primordial survivance of co-existence. Factically, the survival of Swainson's Hawk is in endangered since DDT is used in Argentina wintering Habitat, and the construction of buildings (Dominici), the reconstruction of Renfrow, the way in which Human-centric ontology takes priority over Posthumanist ontology on the NMSU campus. 'Kearrr' is a call to action, a call to learning, a call to investigation, a call to better Avian management strategic planning, that answer the call of 'Kearr' with an ethic of care, that I have called the 'heart of care' itself.

Swallow's Sound 燕声.wmv



Quantum Storytelling: Every Swainson's and Swallow's song and call has different qualities, including:

  • Sound wave frequency.
  • Loudness.
  • Duration.
  • Time between vocalizations.
  1. Swainson's Hawk screaming

    Eagle Lake, Strathmore Alberta-August 1, 2011.
  2. Swainson's Hawk Scream

    Swainson's Hawks go through a period every spring and fall called "hyperphagia" where they overeat to prepare for the migration ...


My hypothesis is the act of walking unaware, staring at the ground, listening to music, texting while walking is ill advised student behavior, and a sign that Higher Education is at an important crossroad. The university's strategy, as I observe in the film, is working. The strategy is every other workday to remove the nest, so the Hawks have no place to lay eggs.  The rationale is to get the Hawk Pair to choose a different tree, hopefully one further away from Renfrow Gym. Kreee-Kreee I observed that the new nest appears to be a ways away from the Renfrow Nest Tree. While the male builds the new rest, for over an hour, Mama Swainson did not move from her perch atop the Mulberry Tree where the prior nests had been. Even with loud truck noises, that high pitched backing up alert, she did not move. Nor did she budge as students began to park, and walk with no awareness, often staring at cell phone screens. The male, on the other hand, would fly near the female when a loud truck approached, but did not take notice of cares and pickups.


Some Pertinent Facts About Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Is the Swainson’s Hawk tolerant of people?

The Swainson's Hawk is generally tolerant of people. The bird is attracted to haying, mowing, and ploughing operations” (Web, 2014). Given that NMSU is mowing the lawns, the is a perfect habitat. The pair breeding at the Renfrow Gym, is therefore unusual, in its acts of aggression. This aggression is likely (my hypothesis) due to changes in Habitat, the encroachment of more and more students, with the construction activity intensifying around Frenger, Regents Row, and Renfrow Gym vicinity.

What is the Swanson’s Hawk breeding territory size? “The Swainson's Hawk will defend its territory from other buteos. Breeding densities may vary from one area to the next but averages one pair per 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²). The average home range estimate for this hawk is 1 to 2 square miles (2.5 to 5 km²). The Swainson's Hawk gathers in groups for feeding and migrating. However, in each case, such gathering is not social, but motivated by good feeding or migrating conditions” (Web, 2014).

At NMSU, there are likely more than one Swainson's Hawk breeding territory. One is at Renfrow Gym, and a second is at the NMSU Golf Course Hole #13. The second one is an excellent location for a webcam, something that is now under consideration. Note: Active observation and study is needed to verify that the Renfrow Swainson's Hawk is a different pair than the one on Golf Course Hole #13.

What is the Nesting Behavior of Swanson’s Hawk?

“When Swainson's Hawks arrive at their nesting sites in March or April, they may return to their original nests as these hawks are noted to be monogamous. Research indicates that they have a high degree of mate and territorial fidelity. This is an unusual occurrence in a long distance migrant. Seven to 15 days after the birds arrive, the males begin constructing nests on the ground, ledges or in a trees. The nest consists of twigs and grasses and can take up to two weeks to complete. New nests may be constructed, old nests refurbished, or the nests of other species, including those of Common Raven, Black-billed Magpie, and American Crow, refurbished” (Web, 2014).


What is the Choice of Swainson's Hawk Nesting Site?

“Swainson's Hawks typically nests in isolated trees or bushes, shelterbelts, riparian groves, or around abandoned homesteads. Occasionally, a pair will nest on the ground or on a bank or ledge. Nest trees and bushes include ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, spruce, cottonwood, domestic poplar, aspen, elm, mesquite, willow, saguaro cactus, and soaptree yuccas. Nests are located from nine to 15 feet above the ground, often in the shaded canopy but near the top of the tree. Nests are flimsy structures, usually smaller than the nests of the Red-tailed Hawk, and often blow down after nesting season” (Web, 2014).

At NMSU, the Renfrow Swainson's Hawk is nesting in Mulberry Trees.

What is the Swanson’s Hawk Voice?
“Outside the breeding season, the Swainson's Hawk is a rather silent species. During summer the most common vocalization is a shrill, aggravated-sounding "kearrrrrrr", weaker than the similar call of a red-tailed hawk. The voice of the females is lower pitched than the males. This call is given when people approach the nest and in other aggressive encounters” (Web, 2014).

What is the Swainson's Hawk Intelligence and Vision Ability?

“In February 2005, the Canadian scientist Dr Louis Lefebvre announced a method of measuring avian IQ in terms of their innovation in feeding habits. Hawks were named among the most intelligent birds based on this scale.” (Web, 2014)

“Hawks are said to have a vision that is about eight times more acute than humans with good eyesight (as good as 20/2). This is because of many photoreceptors in the retina (Up to 1,000,000 per square mm, against 200,000 for humans), a very high number of nerves connecting the receptors to the brain, a second set of eye muscles not found in other animals, and an indented fovea which magnifies the central part of the visual field.
Their acute keen eyesight, muscular legs; powerful, sharp claws and sharply hooked bills are perfect adaptations for hunting, capturing their prey and tearing flesh to a manageable size for eating. These strong hunters catch their prey even during flight - typically using a swift, 'swooping' technique. Some of them attain speeds of over 150 mph particularly during dives. These powerful fliers can soar for long periods.’ (Web, 2014).

How long is the Swanson’s Hawk Egg Incubation Period?
“Clutch size ranges from one to four eggs, but averages two to three eggs. Each egg is elliptical in shape about 2.25 inches (57 mm) long and 1.8 inches (46 mm) wide. The egg is smooth with fine granulation's and the ground color is white, often tinted bluish or greenish. During incubation the shell color quickly wears to dull white. Some eggs are plain; others are lightly marked with spots and blotches of light brown. The incubation period is 34 to 35 days, with the female incubating while the male brings food” (Web, 2014).

This description is consistent with the bluish egg that fell to earth on May 2nd 2014 (see last frames of video). https://youtu.be/6fbIiin_h7c video filmed Monday May 2nd 2016

How to be an Observer of Swanson’s Hawk?

 Swanson’s Hawk will follow the rhythms of nature and not the desires of people who come to see them. “Wildlife are wary of humans. Patience is a wildlife watcher's best virtue. When an animal changes behavior as a result of your presence, you are too close” (Web, 2014).

Recommendations for becoming an Observer?
Based on recent observations, about endangered nesting bird species in Boulder County (see Hallock and Jones 2010), .”… every effort should be undertaken to protect and expand potential nesting areas. The Colorado Division of Wildlife … recommend 400 m buffers (no human activity or new occupation) for similar-sized Swainson's Hawks and 800 m nest buffers for Prairie Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, and Northern Goshawk (Colorado Division of Wildlife 2008).

Therefore at NMSU 400 meters (437.4 yards) seems a minimal buffer for Swainson’s Hawk nests, especially considering their nests, if on the ground, are vulnerable to disturbance by encroaching students, guests, grounds maintenance crews, and dogs. Encroachment by grounds workes reported during months of April and May, as nests were dismantled every other workday is part of the strategy to get one pair (Renfrow site) to move to a new site, at a distance away from Renfrow/Regents/Frenger cogestion. It is hypothesized that after settling in less congested human activity area, the pair will hopefully cease being aggressive.



Munro, J. A. (1929). Notes on the food habits of certain raptores in British Columbia and Alberta. The Condor, 31(3), 112-116.,

Web, A. (2014). Hawks: Interesting Facts and Species Information. https://www.beautyofbirds.com/swainsonshawks.html


Reading in Hegel, we are dealing with something that "cannot be reach by language" as our attempts at speaking and writing about it "crumble away". 

Its similar to Heidegger's prison house of language, but for Hegel, there's a dialectic, a limitation of sensemaking (or sense-certainty) where we tune into organic Nature, to what he calls the universal fluidity of sensemaking (the way we are in a single Here and Now, but also part of the series of Heres and Nows, many of which we do not directly experience). For Hegel there is a beyond sensemaking, the organic elasticity as our being-for-self encounters the being-for-others. Finally in Reproduction there is the action of the whole introreflected organism.  I am trying to work out this third aspects, how we are attuned to something greater than ourselves, the survival our species, which is a strong instinct of Reason of a Hawk (its self-preservation in a strange inorganic world) in its Habitat, surrounded by Humans on cell phones. 







Who is the AGGRESSOR: University of Hawk? Each morning after the destruction of the Swainson Hawk's Nest, Grounds Workers Duck Tape an Orange Traffic Cone to place where Nest had been.

Above is Aftermath of a Destroyed Swainson Hawk Nest, replaced by 2 University Grounds Works with an Orange Traffic Cone, Duck Taped to the Mulberry Tree (Photo by D. M. Boje, used by permission)

But can Hawk-Human-Habitat be brought into a more intelligent and respectful relationship? As a research University, surely we can do better than cutting away Hawk nest after nest, and then blaming the Hawk for defending its nest against these attacks.

NMSU Storytelling Consulting Seminar (Mgt 685), on walking tour to see the battle between NMSU and Hawk over Habitat (April 25 2016)

This sign says to carry and Umbrella. April showers bring May flowers, so it’s best to be prepared with a brand new umbrella. Corbett Center Student Union invites NMSU students for this month’s “Crafts at Corbett” event held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Aggie Lounge. Corbett Center will provide the materials. You provide the creativity!  This event is free to students, while supplies last. Student Aggie ID will be required to participate. Click “going” or “interested” at facebook.com/events/1762018537352776/ for a Facebook reminder.

Student Photo above: Seven Recommendations from the Sustainability Development Class Mgt 375V & BA550, field trip to the Hawk Site:

1. STOP THE AGGRESSION BY HUMAN on HAWK PAIR. NO MORE taking away of the nests, NO MORE cutting away branches where HAWK PAIR building its nests, and NO MORE Duck Taping Orange Traffic Cones onto the sites of each removed Nest. Removing Nests is against the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

2. CHANGE THE MESSAGE ON NMSU SIGNS: Its an accusatory rhetoric, and what is needed instead is to educate the students, faculty, and staff on how to coexist with Hawks. Also change the location of the signs to where the nests are located, since current location of signs is not near where the foot and vehicle traffic.

3. Temporary shutdown the parking lot where the nesting has been occurring during the life span of the Hawk Pair.

4. Temporary shutdown of the two construction projects adjacent to the Hawk Nesting Site, and let the Hawk Pair conceive and raise its Fledglings for a the 4 to 6 weeks it will take to train them to fly, then they make their flight back to Argentina.

5. Create an Ornithology Faculty Team that can properly Advise the Operations Crew on then to Trim Trees (not at time of the nesting) and when to let the Nests alone

6. Put up a webcam to record the Hawk nesting behavior, and learn and do research on the raising of Hawk fledglings the way that other universities such as Cornell and U-Mass Amherst does.

7. Establish the Hawk site as a Living Learning Space of Education and Research.

HISTORY of RENTFROW GYM and the Swainson Hawk Migration to the Mulberry Trees

For three years (2014-2016) two Swainson Hawks, have been reported to be nesting in the mulberry trees adjacent to the Rentfrow Gym (north side).

"Rentfrow Gym was built in 1958 and is used as a learning space for the College of Education’s Department of Human Performance, Recreation and Dance.  The renovations would improve much needed space for the department, which has seen phenomenal growth.  Most of the growth can be attributed to the increased demand for students with kinesiology degrees, but the dance program has also see significant increases. Kinesiology is one of the fastest growing majors in the country and is designed to prepare students who pursue degrees in medical school, physical therapy, education (learning through movement), nursing, and many other allied health sciences fields."

Above satellite image is taken before the Mulberry Trees (at center) were trimmed, and the construction at the gym began. (Stewart St & Williams Ave).

Next is a drawing of the bond campaign photo to redesign the gym.

Description: roposed Rentfrow Gym Renovation
source http://gobond.nmsu.edu/rentfrow-gym/

In Sun-News and other newspapers, in 2014, the Swainson Hawks were reported to ahve begund swooping and dive-bombing, and in 2016 NMSU implemented a policy to destroy the nest each time it was built by the Hawk couple. CLICK HERE TO SEE FILE OF SWAINSON HAWK articles and RENTFROW History



"Swainson's hawk migrates farther than any other North American raptor. It winters in South America and spends spring and summer in North America. I saw these Swainson's hawks, three of them, a parent and two juveniles, just outside Alamosa, Colorado in August 2014, standing on or near a stick nest in a tree near the edge of a dirt road" (More)

Swainson's Hawk Nest

In fall, they leave New Mexico's NMSU trees, and take off for Argentine wintering grounds.

April 25 2016 between 7:30AM and 8:30AM, NMSU once again raised its crane with two tool wielding workers to attack and destroy the 4th nest in the past 7 days that a pair of Swainson Hawks built, and replaced it with an Orange Cone. The Hawks were observed at 10AM by me, building their 5th nest in an adjacent tree site. Mama Swainson and Papa Swainson took turns getting new twigs to build this nest. Tomorrow at 8:30AM NMSU is expected to return again, and destroy nest # 5.

Who is the AGGRESSOR: University of Hawk?

For centuries, for millennia, the Hawk has migrated as a species, year after year, from Argentina, making a 7,000 plus mile trip up through Central America, Mexico, and into New Mexico to find its nesting tree sites.

What is missing, is the 'negation' the denial of the universal Reproduction following the many Procreation events of NMSU Swainson Hawk Pair, one of six pairs in Las Cruces, that migrated from Argentina, others went up North as far as Alaska and Canada. This pair, this couple, 'Here', 'Now', 'Mattering' in the organic Nature of 'spacetimemattering' have the End, the instinct to hatch their eggs in the NMSU Mulberry tree, where they were born, some years ago, without incident, without any swooping or dive-bombing incidents by their parents. Yet, 'Here', 'Now', 'Mattering' (spacetimemattering) is Not the Hatchlings, Not the Fledgling, who are conspicuously absent, their eggs aborted, dashed to Earth,Nestless and Not in Existence. The species is surviving, since this result is happening elsewhere, but Not at NMSU.



Swainson Hawk MIgration Path

This migration has occurred long before NMSU became a campus, cut away the original vegetation, and planted Mulberry Trees, which it is not cutting down, or trimming branches away, to get at the nests. "Swainson’s Hawk feed their chicks the usual “three r’s” of the North American buteo diet: rodents, rabbits, and reptiles." Additional Facts:

Its a race against time, as the Swainson Hawk pair is mating, rebuilding their nest in a nearby branch or tree. The university wants to prevent the pair from laying the eggs in the nest, since then the legal claim, the Law of Human to Hawk, changes, and Hawks have nesting rights and claims, legally enforceable.


Hawk Nest destroyed by Orange Traffic Cone

Four Duck Taped Cones mark the destruction of the Hawk Nests, a daily event at NMSU, each morning at about 7:30AM

Photo taken on April 25, 2016

On April 22 2016, NMSU destroyed, once again, the Swainson Hawk nest. This time by placing an Orange traffic cone (image above) where the nest had been destroyed. It take a good deal of retrospective storytelling and a restorying of the entire history of Hawk-Human-Habitat connectivities, in order to make the Hawk the 'Angry Bird' character, while the University is cast in the role of Locus Parent, protecting the student from Hawk pecking their head if they get too close to the fledgling.

Photo by Carol Campbell of NMSU Hawk's nest, a year ago, before nest deconstruction. See the Hawk's nesting tree choices, before the taking away of nests, and tree limbs (click here)

See slide show of Hawk-Human-Habitat. Can we ask more intelligent questions about how Hawk and Human have shared Habitat in New Mexico for thousands of years?

Rather than destroy Hawk nests, can we find a way to get along.

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) narrative says Hawk and Human can not coexist. In fact, in that narrative, there is no Science, and the grounds systems, narrators, never use the name "Swainson", just "Aggressive Nesting Hawk" (see sign below or in slides).

NMSU has a Fish and Wildlife department, and it could get some better funding, and do something positive (More on Nesting ecology and diet of Swainson's hawk in the Chihuahuan Desert, south-central New Mexico). The Swainson hawk is also on of the creatures of the air of the Jornada Desert (More). Something is amiss if NMSU Ornithology is not apart of our care of Swainson Hawk pair, their nesting, the care of its fledglings, ways to treat our Habitat.

Meanwhile, at Cornell University the birth of Hawk fledglings, each year, is a celebrated event. These are Red Hawks, with endearing names. However, by contrast, in the narrative of fear, at NMSU, Hawk is portrayed as 'Angry Bird' dangerous to Humans, and students, faculty, and staff are advised to have umbrellas to fight off the Angry Bird terrorists.

NMSU has made its first experiment, using tools to cut the branch away the nest. This is what can be termed, 'poor science'. I will argue here that Cornell University is asking deeper more profound questions, and developing Science experiments that do not pit Human against Hawk against each other.


The Angry Bird narrative at NMSU, is represented in the Newsroom YouTube, and a brief counter-narrative of an NMSU scientist, who does not buy into the Angry Bird narrative.


Hawk Video YouTube and NMSU behavior


NMSU Works to Discourage Hawks is the tag line

—Sun-News story

—“For a third consecutive year Swainson’s hawks are trying to nest in a tree on campus, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/1MzVEeK). If the hawks are able to form an active nest with at least one egg or if there are nestlings, federal law prevents university officials from removing the birds.”

Actually, NMSU has been petitioning Wildlife authorities for a way to get around the federal law, but reporting Hawk attacking Human incidents, as many as 17, but in fact, only one incident, a year ago was a filed complaint with campus police, and several others were reported to Student Health Clinic. One of the indicants is actually, in fact, a faculty member, who has taken to beating the Angry Birds, with his broomstick, kind of an unintelligent science experiment.


NMSU and its HAWK behavior in the News

—“Delivan J. Roper, a special agent with the Fish and Wildlife Service, said Tuesday in an e-mail to Haubold (Operations & Facilities VP) that biologists have recommended the university remove nests that are being constructed before eggs are laid in order to deter the hawks from using the populated location. He said the university also could apply for a permit to have the hawks captured and removed” – Sun News quote READ MORE in Washington Times

The unreported side of this story, is when the Fish and Wildlife Service made its actual visit to NMSU, they told faculty and students that the nests could not be disturbed. The story has changed.


The Humans at Expense of Hawks Scenario is not good research or great education of a Land-Grant Mission University.


— The nest does not have red blood. However the nest destroyed, at least 4 times this year, there are consequences.NMSU Hawk photo by D. Boje This is our Papa Swainson Hawk, circling the destroyed nest #4 on Friday April 23 2016. The signs the University is putting around Campus is not Education or Research.

The other Mama Swainson Hawk is trying to fasten new twigs to create a new nest in the tree a few feet away, after 4 nests destroyed we have observed, and the anti-nest crew on its crane with nest deconstruction is a daily NMSU event;

Meanwhile a Traffic Cone placed by the University on the the most recently destroying the nesting site creates a kind of story of the 3H interaction in the daily massacre that is not in keeping with the Mission of NMSU.

This is shallow unscientific movement of selfsameness, without much attention to learning or research of a deeper 3H history.

What are the unintended consequences of today’s capitalism and University on the Hawk’s spacetimemattering of its species survival? The trees of NMSU are being removed, here and there, to make room for more buildings, and the ones in the parking lot adjacent to the gym, are being de-branched, year by year, to keep the Swainson Hawk pair from nesting. But, in fact, in actuality, the action of the Hawks is to move between existent trees, and rebuild the nest, immediately after it is removed from existence. See photo of the University chipper machine as the removed nest branching sites are put into that machine.

What is the relevance of Hegel's dialectic, to this situation, today?


Slavoj Žižek (2014) "Is It Still Possible To Be A Hegelian Today?"

The excesses of unsustainability at NMSU undermine the Hawk’s survival; Every project to contain/control the Hawk is undermined by its inconsistency, its lack of Science. – from Žižek.

Slavoj Žižek says Adorno's rejection of Hegel's historical approach, asks if Hegel is still a living presence, our contemporary world in the eyes of Hegel. I will give some summary of Žižek: The anti-Hegelian argument is that something changed after Hegel, and a new era of thought was born, the rupture of the new era. Hegel stood between the mysticism of Kant and the mathematized natural sciences of empiricism that Adorno and Marx dialectic prefer. The emerging Hegelian dialectic strategy of the post-Hegelians is to ignore Hegel's ontological commitment, Hegel reduced reduced to general theories of discourse, or to the stupid and inaccurate rendition of Hegel to a naive thesis-antithesis-synthesis model that Hegel (1807) never advocated, and wrote against. We can now read Hegel dialectic as a break from pre-Hegelian metaphysics, and the post-Hegelian social constructivism or the empiricism of mathematical sciences Marx sought. Hegel from Jamison is a vanishing mediator between the pre and post.

To act as a Hegelian today does not have to be the 'deflated Hegel' and its fantasy-formation in epistemic (social constructivist or hyper-empiricism) images of Hegel' but rather can be an ontological standpoint. The emerging Hegelian ontological standpoint, is that it fills in this gap about the big questions: such as what is the relation of organic Nature and inorganic Nature of our cell phone escapism form living in the organic. Can there be a mediator between the two, the organic Nature and our inorganic Nature.

An ominous spectre of voice, the signs at NMSU, is a kind of foreign body intruder on the NMSU campus, that is beneath the systems action. Žižek's approach to Hegel ontological philosophy raises questions about our Beingness in the world, where we co-habit (air, water, earth, zones, & climate) the universal elements. This does not mean Hegel is looking for the hidden harmony of the organic whole of Nature, but rather is raising critical questions about the need to include in all of its systems, its inorganic antagonisms, the consequences of its relations and actions, its inconsistencies, its excesses, as each integral part of the whole is self-contradictory and antagonistic. For Hegel, Systems-->Science is the whole plus its symptoms, its unintended consequences which betray its untruth (e.g. speak about Aggressive Hawk, but not about the Aggression of Global Capitalism, & its abstract harmonious goal, & excesses that betray its End).

Things seem to be going wrong at NMSU, and we cannot find some hidden higher purpose. For Hegel dialectics, for every project such as this destruction of Hawk nests and branches, something will eventually go wrong. The destruction of Hawk nests in 2016 is an immanent consequence of the removal of nesting trees, nesting branches in 2015, and 2014, the expansion of building projects at NMSU, and the increase of agribusiness which reduced nesting sites around the State. Can NMSU take a more scientific and moderate path? Only the 'abstract terror' of 'Aggressive Hawk' or in the media 'Angry Bird' (named after the video game, creates the legitimating retrospective narrative for the annual removal of Hawk nests on campus, before the eggs are lain.

If we put this in the terms of Science and Systems choices of a Research University, a Land-Grant University, then we can say that NMSU's first choice has to be its own wrong choice, removal of nests from mating pair of Hawks. But as Slavoj Žižek puts it, it is" only the wrong choice that creates the conditions for the right choice." When we criticize the terror of the signage as reducing Swainson Hawk pair and fledgling to the abstract conception of 'Angry Bird' as against the freedom of the Hawk to do what it has done for many centuries: to nest, to breed, to raise fledgling to fear Human aggression. 'No' this is not Hegel's dialectical standpoint. Rather, its that we can only arrive as a Research University, at the point where we can see the right choice, after conducing the bad choice Systems' experiment. We can see the possibility of a living learning lab, of a relation of organic Nature and inorganic Nature, that opens up a space for co-existence of Hawk-Human-Habitat. Hegel is not saying we should make a choice between Human and Creature of the Air, reducing Human to the Highest necessity and Hawk to the lowest necessity of being. Rather, the whole point of Hegel's ontological standpoint is you arrive at the basic contradiction of organic Nature and inorganic Nature by paying attention through observation and experiment (Science) to the supposedly lowest, the Hawk. The dialectical choice is in two stages, making the working choice, and seeing it is wrong repeating a more intelligent choice of action about the whole underlying fore-structure (Heidegger, 1962) of the systems and sciences of our Land-Grant University. In this way we as a University can progress through its mistake, to an understanding of science and Nature. If we change from a Human-only (humanist) perspective, to a Posthumanist perspective, then science (including Native Science, Cajete, 2000) presents its own solution to our campus.

We need to get out of the campus logic, that 'nothing will ever change here' and adopt a new logic of sustainability, the negation of negation: 'the very argument against Hawk becomes an argument for our own inorganic Nature in cooperative relation to organic Nature so that co-existence is the result.'

The good news from and inorganic Nature standpoint is the stage one of the dialectic, is the University will rid itself of the Hawk, its nesting habits on main campus will come to an End. The bad news is in step two of the dialectical process, the Land-Grant University will have forgotten its own Mission Statement, and has abandoned the other species of its eco-system. In this way the suffering of the Hawk, the pecking of student head for getting too close to fledglings, and so on, have some deeper, yet hidden global and historical meaning, unintelligible to mere retrospective sensemaking, and that is the Human-Hawk-Habitat entanglement, and the interfusion of being and action, at the root of Hegelian dialectic, taking a more intelligent choice. Hawk, Human, and Habitat are each here alone, without some external guarantee, bur rather 3H (HawkHumanHabitat) must trust each other in their co-existence. Rather than a narrative of just violence, we have the choice to co-construct a counternarrative of cooperation and co-existence.

But is there an ideological movement in Hegelian dialectic? There is a double temporality, first break (struggle of all against all), and second step we notice the misstep and quickly squeeze out some insight (the cooperation of all with all). In step one, the University is quickly trying to accommodate the Hawk but destroying their nesting sites. In step two, we become more aware of our Human contingency with both Hawk and Habitat. Hegels' deepest thought is contingency reemerges in a retrospective way out of contingency" (Slavoj Žižek). The wrong choices creates the negation conditions for a better choice because through interfusion of being and action you can observe the possibilities of new choice.

From Hegel's Phenomonology of Mind is what Žižek calls a Hegelian joke:

"The "depth" which mind brings out from within, but carries no further than to make it a presentation (Vorstellung), and let it remain at this level−−and the "ignorance" on the part of this consciousness as to what it really says, are the same kind of connexion of higher and lower which, in the case of the living being, nature naively expresses when it combines the organ of its highest fulfillment, the organ of generation, with the organ of urination. The infinite judgment qua infinite would be the fulfillment of life that comprehends itself, while the consciousness of the infinite judgment that remains at the level of presentation corresponds to urination."

And from Hegel (1807: section # 346) Phenomenology of Spirit:

“ As long as we look on them as sundered, their opposition remains gross and crass: it is like the union of urination and orgasm in a single organ.”

What would be a Hegelian dialectic non-gross and crass reading of the 3H. It would be that the Hawks had been nesting cooperatively on the NMSU campus and elsewhere in New Mexico, without aggression of Human species on Hawk species, but in the changes of the Habitat brought about by Human species, the Hawks are forced into fewer Habitat choices. The point is we had a choice, and still have choice, for a time. But if University retrospective recreates the entire history of 3H reducing it to the Angry Bird narrative, then the destiny is a foregone conclusion. Once the destruction of the nest happens this year, it become retrospectively necessary in the entire history of 3H.

Hegel in no way subscribes to thesis-antithesis-synthesis model that the post-Hegelians have rewritten his dialectic ontology.

Instead of the ideal of social theoretic order of history, Hegelian dialectic, is an ideological moment, that does not necessarily end well. Rather. there is a hidden, deep truth. The University is confused, and when its action proves unscientific, it must invent a retrospective narrative of rationalization of its present action. The University di not know what to do, and let Operations act, who took out its clippers, and tree-shedder machines. Now the excess of technology in organic Nature would be visible, if the narrative of Angry Bird did not act as a veil. What would be Hegel's reading. It is not that the destiny of the Hawks at NMSU is a foregone conclusion, and the only option is either hardhat (with Hawk logo) or umbrella. Some nest removal happens, some wood chipping of nest and branches, and all of a sudden it becomes historically retroactive sensemaking narrative of the only option of necessity. For Hegel, the operations staff as an historical agent looking into history and seeing where the history of 3H is going, and position the de-nesting agent of technology as the only way to achieve progress. That narrative of the entire past is changed, radically restoried in a reductionist manner (see Walter Benjamin's 1968 work on the Storyteller, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, and Concept of History).

In the Angry Bird grand narrative, every action of the University operations towards organic Nature, is preordained or 'intrinsically destined 'in a teleological logic.

Hegel (1807: Foreword):

“The implication of all this is that the teleological view of objectivity as being intrinsically destined to be interpreted and controlled by consciousness will prove, on a sufficiently deep examination, to be so wholly appeasing and satisfying that no shadow of the hidden or inexplicable will remain to haunt us. ”

Hegel (1807: #255):

“Finding thus no place in the actual creature, it is what is called a teleological relation, a relation which is external to the related terms, and therefore really the antithesis of a law.”

“Their teleological explanations remain external, and are therefore the very antithesis of laws.”

Hegel's objection is the law, such as Federal Law about rights of Hawks to Nest, is being treated by the University as outside the Law of organic Nature. The observing consciousness of the University, its official narrative voice, constructs a narrative of teleologic relation where the Organism (Hawk-Habitat) falls outside of Human concern.

Hegel (1807: #256):

“It is true that, for the observing consciousness, this Notion is not the organism’s own essence, but something falling outside of it, and is then only the above-mentioned external teleological relation. ”

"The whole past is rewritten" (Žižek). It is wrong to say we as Humans are retroactively before Hawk-Habit, and we retrospectively project nest-destruction as the inevitability of progress. For Walter Benjamin (1968) history is not fully constituted, and is in fact, open. What if instead of fully constituted systems of a university, there are instead only partially constituted systemicities (Boje, 2008, 2014)? The University would be reimagined as unfinalized projects, systems never fully implemented, other partial systems not quite fully removed, building such as the its College, not fully finished, a in an interdisciplinary arena, not finished, a campus unfinished. In 'systemicity' there are no whole systems, except those retrospectively constituted in narrative.

How to read Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. According to Barad (2007) and Žižek (2010) Neils Bohr corrected it, to focus on the ontological (for Barad the epistemic-ontologic relationship). The gap is in the thing itself, in the 3H, being terrorized by the Angry Bird, but the Hawk is being written out of the eco-system game. The true Hegelian sociomaterialist task, can we think through with instinct of Reason, that gets at what is hidden from retrospective sensemaking reductions and restoryings.

What really characterize the post-Hegelian space is a notion of fractal repetition that involves no idealization (synthesis).

Hegel (1807: #21):

“For mediation is nothing beyond self-moving selfsameness, or is reflection into self, the moment of the ‘I’ which is for itself pure negativity or, when reduced to its pure abstraction, simple becoming. ”

Is the 'bet' on the future, infinitely repetitive receptivity of fractals of self-moving selfsameness, a pur negativity reduces to pure abstraction of branching fractals, spiral fractals, Sierpinski fractals, Mandelbrot fractals, and the ultimate rhizomatic of multifractal? (Henderson & Boje, 2015; Boje, 2015). Fractal is so popular now that Disney made a theme song about them in the animated movie, Frozen.

Hegel (1807: #149) treats selfsame [fractal] movement as a kind of self-organizing of the universal of negation of difference, "the outcome of flux", in stable image of unstable appearance:

“In other words, negation is an essential moment of the universal, and negation, or mediation in the universal, is therefore a universal difference. This difference is expressed in the law, which is the stable image of unstable appearance. ”

Hegel (# 156) gives us an early version of the quantum law of attraction in self-moving selfsameness in his law of appearance, where differences arise which are no differences, and the selfsame repels itself from itself and what is not selfsame [fractal] is self-attractive, and in the moves of two laws, of attraction and selfsameness, Hegel addresses the dialectic of permanence of impermanence, how what we now call quantum play of forces occurs. It is a section with profound implications for the quantum storytelling dialectic:

“The Understanding thus learns that it is a law of appearance itself, that differences arise which are no differences, or that what is selfsame repels itself from itself; and similarly, that the differences are only such as are in reality no differences and which cancel themselves; in other words, what is not selfsame is self-attractive. ”

“And thus we have a second law whose content is the opposite of what was previously called law, viz. difference which remains constantly selfsame; for this new law expresses rather that like becomes unlike and unlike becomes like. The Notion demands of the thoughtless thinker that he bring both laws together and become aware of their antithesis.”

“The second is certainly also a law, an inner self-identical being, but a selfsameness rather of the unlike, a permanence of impermanence. In the play of Forces this law showed itself to be precisely this absolute transition and pure change; the selfsame, viz. Force, splits into an antithesis which at first appears to be an independent difference, but which in fact proves to be none; for it is the selfsame which repels itself from itself, and therefore what is repelled is essentially self-attractive, for it is the same; the difference created, since it is no difference, therefore cancels itself again.”

Hegel (197: #360) is also concerned with the rise of human Spirit (instinct of Reason) out of the Spirit of animal life, of Spirit of the Earth, where he cites Faust:

“... Spirit of the earth, for which true actuality is merely that being which is the actuality of the individual consciousness.
It despises intellect and science
The supreme gifts of man
It has given itself to the devil
And must perish.16

[16] Faust, Part I (adapted).”

For Žižek, this is more radical than Michel Foucault, where madness an habit, is a permanent background to being human, and its 'culture.' But according to Žižek, Hegel doesn't see we don't pass from organic Nature to 'culture', and get past the 'struggle of all against all.' Hegel (1807: #379) puts it this way, in being-for-self, there is among Humans and among Spirit of the Earth creatures, just competition.

“The universal that we have here is, then, only a universal resistance and struggle of all against one another, in which each claims validity for his own individuality, but at the same time does not succeed in his efforts, because each meets with the same resistance from the others, and is nullified by their reciprocal resistance.”

“What seems to be public order, then, is this universal state of war, in which each wrests what he can for himself, executes justice on the individuality of others and establishes his own, which is equally nullified through the action of the others. It is the ‘way of the world...”

Hegel wanted culture (Science+Systems+being-for-one-another) to be a way to get out of this universal way of the world, to get rule over our natural Organic instinct, and by Science+System and so on to make better choices. The Hawks have a certain territorial, global migration, aim to an End, procreation.

In today's world of madness, a certain era of Human-Hawk-Habitat co-existence is coming to an end in NMSU. Marx dialectic put the struggle as between working class and bourgeoise. But for Hegel the struggle is for Human to nullify 'being-for-self' by constituting a universal, with the ethic of 'being-for-other,' and 'being-for-one-another' the was between organic Nature and inorganic Nature, that could change fractal self-moving sameness patterns of being and action.

Žižek leaves us with the question: 'did we try to change the world, too fast and too quickly' ? The Spirit of the University, is not just solving immediate problems by consulting the expert, who authorizes the use of clippers and shredder machines. Rather, the role of the University can be to question critically the way it is engaged in the sensemaking-perception of the problem in order to get at the hidden distinctions, and uncover choices of our shared eco-system. Is it right only to perceive 3H as only an Angry Bird problem? Or is it correct to just spiritualize it in a superficial way, as the 'will of God'? Or, can there be a more Enlightenment resolution? Or, are we in such a millennial postmodern era, where the virtual space is more important than the organic spacetimemattering of Nature?

Barad (2011: p. 32):

Phenomena are entanglements of spacetimemattering, not in the colloquial sense of a connection or intertwining of individual entities, but rather in the technical sense of “quantum entanglements”, which are the (ontological) inseparability of agentially intra-acting “components”

What does it mean to be Human, to be in the temptation of the state of emergency, 'grab your umbrella' there is an 'Angry Bird Alert.' But if a University just enters Action without thinking about the deeper questions of Being and Action, then what are the consequences of such education, research, and service? What if the thinking of our University is being done by Operations, not by Academic disciplines?

But, how it a different University, Cornell, can have such different treatment of its Hawk pair?

I think it has to do with Cornell University having more funding to actually do science differently. NMSU cannot afford a Science Lab, or web-cams, to observe Hawks and fledgling life, and crude Operations technology (mechanical crane) and lawn signs (Aggressive Hawks) are used instead.

Hawk and Cornell

The answer to this important question can be understood in Hegel and Heidegger. There is a dialectic between what Heidegger calls fore-having (Hegel calls this and End that is "as it is in itself" that is not some extension of the instinct of Reason that is playing out some observer role as its Notion of end, see #257). In the fore-having kind of antenarrative the End is contingent and purposively related to an other. In this case fore-having of NMSU grounds operations Human doing nest destruction action, has its fore-having, as does the Hawk have its fore-having of nest site location, building nest, hatching fledgling and training them to fly. Both fore-having antenarratives immediately are, both are independent, and both fore-havings are mutually indifferent to one and other. The essence of their relation and the action of Human and Hawk respective meaning are different from each other. Both these fore-havings are different from the casual observer engaged in sense-making, either student walking to and from parking lot where nesting sites are located, where nests are being constructed, where nests are being destroyed, and so on. The sense-making-perception Hegel describes, at first finds the action of the Human de-nesting worker and the Hark action of nest builder, have something hidden. If instinct of Reason, the sensemaking/perception stays observing they can explore what is hidden from what at first is observed, and only shows itself in the End by the necessity in what takes place when the the two fore-having antenarratives are revealed to have been there from the very beginning, and the action of Human nest-destruction worker destroying nest sites, and Hawk pair building nest sites, has nothing else that issues froth from the action of other kinds of antenarrative, such as fore-structuring (between) or fore-conception (beneath) because only what fore-having is already there in its actions of its End for what is first (before) is the outcome of the antenarrative action of fore-having that returns to itself.

At Cornell there is not only fore-having as the essence of "as it is in itself" but the instinct of Reason, has fore-conception (beneath) and fore-structuring (between) antenarrative actions that arise out of the role of observer, and observer effects (as they are known in quantum storytelling). For Hegel "Reason is Spirit" (#468), can the instinct of Reason can arise in abstraction, in an initial superficial observer role, that does not get at what is hidden from sensemaking-perception.

At NMSU fore-having demonstrates itself to be something that has its own Self for its End and this is what Hegel calls a prius (#257), defined as something that is precedent, a Self, and the End arrives in the process of its fore-having action (before and first), the itself and in arriving this fore-having has "its feeling of self" (#257). Hegel ends section #257 by pointing out the dialectical distinction of fore-having (what Heidegger later calls it) "between what it is and what it seeks" but both aspects of the dialectical distinction are in its own self a Notion.

This is how the self-consciousness of the End (prius and before) is constituted "to distinguish itself from itself without producing any distinction" (Hegel, # 258). Hence the Human (de-nester worker) and the Hawk (nest builder) finds in their mutually indifferent "observation of organic Nature nothing else than a being of this kind" (#258). The Hawk has the instinct of a creature of the air who seeks and consumes food on the university lawns, finds dead twigs in university lawns to build a nesting the same tree site, year after year. The Hawk pair bring forth nothing other than itself as a couple, and their fledgling is the End of their fore-having. So to the Human grounds keepers, the workers with tools and machines, makes their observation of organic Nature as nothing else than what is fore Human kind, and fits themselves as a thing of Human life but makes a distinction of a Habitat that is fore Human only. The instinct of Reason in its quest at Cornell University, finds only Reason itself, in its acts and action of fore-structuring a connection or relation (between) Human and Hawk, and a fore-conception (beneath) that is one of awe and wonder, at the birth of the fledgling. Cornell University has prospered instinct of Reason that has gone beyond the kinds of sensemaking-perception of the signs posted around the NMSU campus:

Angry Bird Sign at NMSU

This Sign placed in the Frenger zone of the NMSU campus

This is an 'accusatory' rhetoric that Hawks are deficient in Human-best-practices. But we need forensic, and deliberative rhetoric, instead of this sort of inciting rhetoric. And we need posthumanist rhetoric of relationships of Hawk-Human-Habitat that is co-existence, cooperation, and respect.

But as science, enters into its instinct of Reason, and gets at the hidden beneath, it develops in its observation and experiments, at Cornell University, a quite different fore-conception of the Hawk and Human relationship.

Cornell's Red Hawk Nesting in Peace

Cornell University Red Hawk nesting in Peace, in Changing of the guard, Momma Red Tail comes to relieve Papa Red Tail Hawk  03/21/2012 (from YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzmfB7Yna04).

Cornell in its fore-structuring (between) has build an Ornithology Lab, where its Science meets its Systems, in the interfusion of action and Being. This includes a web-cam for live streaming video of the pair of Hawks on Cornell's campus

  1. Behind the Scenes look at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Hawk Cam

    • 4 years ago
    See what it took to bring live streaming video of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on Cornell's campus. The technical crew worked day ...
  2. The Fs Are All Here! 2015 Cornell Hawks

    • 11 months ago
    Screen captures from viewers during hatch week. http://allaboutbirds.org/cornellhawks.
  3. Cornell Redtailed Hawks D3 Fledges

    • 2 years ago
    Big Red and Ezra's youngest has flown the coop.
  4. In Cornell University's action of fore-conception the Red Hawk pair have been awarded names "Big Red" and Erza".


  1. Cornell Hawks C3 Hatches & Does a Back Flop 4-26-12

    • 3 years ago
    The 3rd chick, C3, hatched today. C3 flops on it's back and the tiny feet & talons can be seen. The dark spot is the equivalent of ...
  2. Cornell Hawk 2nd Hatch & 1st Chick Bites Prey 4-24-12

    • 4 years ago
    The newly hatched hawk, still damp, can be seen while the adult feeds the 1st chick. The older chick bites the prey, egg & sibling ...

How different is the Science and Systems at NMSU from that of Cornell University?

Not only is the End, the prius of fore-having antenarrative different, but the antenarratives of fore-conception (Angry Bird signs at NMSU and naming the Cornell Hawk pair Big Red and Ezra, Momma Red Tail and Poppa Red Tail, adds a dimension of observer effect to the Science and university Systems. The fore-structuring (between) Hawk and Human of an actual Science Law of Ornithology is quite different than the non-science practice of dismantling nests, bfore they are active (defined as an egg or fledgling in the nest) at the NMSU main campus.




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