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  • September | 2010 | Reconciliation Ecology
    the first things to get cut whenever the state budget feels a pinch While I generally don t like this state s proposition system much at all why bother pretending at a representative form of government if every citizen has to vote on important matters of governance How can people busy in the daily grind of making their own ends meet have the time and resources to make informed decisions on everything we re stuck with it and this is a good one to get behind come November Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged activism California conservation politics state parks on September 28 2010 by Madhusudan Katti Does the Mojave belong to the Desert Tortoise or to Thermal Solar by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply via youtube com I too want those solar panels in my backyard in Fresno along with knowledge that the Desert Tortoise continues to walk peacefully across the Mojave its stately pace unperturbed by hasty human progress Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged activism conservation energy environment reconciliation ecology on September 28 2010 by Madhusudan Katti Where I d rather be this Monday by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply via naturelyrics com not attending another faculty senate meeting but traipsing through this meadow in full bloom under darkly brooding skies cooling my heels in the tranquil streams and catching the occasional cloudburst of the late monsoon I wish This and other similarly fantastic images come from Kaas part of the Deccan Plateau in Maharashtra India as captured through Ganesh s lens Go lose yourself in the gallery escape from your Monday afternoon blues imagine a better world Here

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  • April | 2010 | Reconciliation Ecology
    Fresno and Rollie Smith Sustainable Communities Housing and Urban Development 1 2 p m Climate Change Mitigation Adaptation for Fresno Moderator Peter Van de Water Fresno State Earth Environmental Science Dept Panelists Donald Hunsaker Director Fresno State Institute of Climate Change Oceans Atmosphere Tom Cotter Co founder Fresno Green Joseph Oldham City of Fresno Sustainability Manager 2 3 p m Water The Lifeblood of the Community Moderator Lanny Larson Fresno State University Communications Panelists Nora Laikam City of Fresno Water Conservation Supervisor and Calliope Correia Fresno State Horticulture Nursery Technician Return Home Archive via csufresno edu Yes Fresno State is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with its second Sustainability Fair As you can see above panel discussions will hit several hot button environmental issues both local and global in scope There will also be several exhibits tables download a flyer for more information where campus and off campus groups will share information relevant to local and global environmental issues and I ll be there sharing info about the Fresno Bird Count and Fresno Audubon So come by if you are on campus around the middle of the day tomorrow We ll be at the Peace Garden unless the wet weather continues in which case the fair moves indoors to within the library And don t ask why none of the panels mention a certain urban ecologist on this campus who happens to be studying urban water use Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged activism csuf Earth Fresno reconciliation ecology on April 22 2010 by Madhusudan Katti Fresno s 20 Gallon Water Challenge by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply via fresno gov Have you fellow residents of Fresno noticed a billboard in your neighborhood recently asking you to take the 20 Gallon Challenge at fresnowater org It is good to see the City of Fresno make a push towards water conservation and about time too in an arid zone city that has resisted even metering residential water use I know my friends in Tucson or back in India will be astonished that a city campaign challenging residents to reduce water consumption by 20 gallons day is only now happening how can it be in the arid American west that the people of a major city refuse to meter their water use and need to be

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  • January | 2010 | Reconciliation Ecology
    Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged computers democracy future information technology on January 31 2010 by Madhusudan Katti Portraits of Mt Shasta by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply http www flickr com apps slideshow show swf v 71649 via flickr com Taken from a stop along I 5 a few weeks ago when we drove through the area Images captured with a Nikon D70 SLR with Nikkor 300mm F4 lens handheld Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged landscape mountain nature photography on January 31 2010 by Madhusudan Katti Conversations with History Howard Zinn by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply via youtube com Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged democracy history imperialism politics US video on January 30 2010 by Madhusudan Katti Now that s one fairly odd parent by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply via telegraph co uk Three piglets rests next to their adoptive mother Sai Mai an eight year old tiger at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand s Chonburi Province What an incongrously touching image And I wonder whoever thought of making this happen What became of the piglet s biological mother More importantly in the larger rarity scale of things what became of the tigress cubs She s surely had some recently if she s able to nurse Posted via web from a leaf warbler s gleanings Share this Click to email this

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  • June | 2009 | Reconciliation Ecology
    shriller sing at a higher pitch exactly what Great Tits have been observed to be doing in Europe A more subtle effect is for birds to simplify their songs cutting out some of the fantastic frequency modulations harmonics and other vocal gymnastics they are capable of not unlike how maestros of classical music may be forced to stoop to Bollywood tunes or advertising jingles to make a living If those tricks don t work one has to find relatively quieter times during the busy urban day to sing one s melodies which may be why that annoying Magpie Robin keeps waking you up at 4 in the morning well before dawn Of course not many species are flexible enough to make these adjustments and continue living in the city Those that cannot cope likely go extinct locally leaving behind a poorer urban bird community Chalk up another reason why cities worldwide are occupied mostly by the depressingly familiar contingent of pigeons and starlings and crows the usual suspects in the homogenization of urban wildlife that seems part and parcel of the globalization package In the long run if our cities keep growing and we keep finding more ways to make noise we will chase away most of our more discriminating feathered singing friends while those that remain will sing an impoverished urban dialect And we all lose the symphony of biodiversity to the homogeneous urban cacaphony We must all share Talom Yaying s sense of loss even though some of us just don t know it yet References Katti M 2001 Vocal communication and territoriality during the non breeding season in a migrant warbler Current Science 80 3 419 423 PDF Warren P Katti M Ermann M Brazel A 2006 Urban bioacoustics it s not just noise Animal Behaviour 71 3 491 502 DOI 10 1016 j anbehav 2005 07 014 Swaddle J Page L 2007 High levels of environmental noise erode pair preferences in zebra finches implications for noise pollution Animal Behaviour 74 3 363 368 DOI 10 1016 j anbehav 2007 01 004 Slabbekoorn H Peet M 2003 Birds sing at a higher pitch in urban noise Nature 424 6946 267 267 DOI 10 1038 424267a Fuller R Warren P Gaston K 2007 Daytime noise predicts nocturnal singing in urban robins Biology Letters 3 4 368 370 DOI 10 1098 rsbl 2007 0134 Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens

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  • April | 2009 | Reconciliation Ecology
    realize that many of you would like to attend the ceremony but will be unable to at such short notice Accordingly a Memorial Service will be held on July 4th in Nairobi and all friends and close colleagues are invited We hope to use the occasion to celebrate Alan s amazing life and because we are celebrating Alan we plan to make this a joyous event hopefully peppered with the telling of some of Alan s less ribald jokes A number of other options are being considered to commemorate Alan including publication of a special edition of the Arc Journal and setting up a scholarship fund for East Africa students interested in pursuing a career in Biodiversity Conservation Nike Doggart from the Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group is preparing an article celebrating Alan s amazing life to be published in the next issue of the Arc journal He would like to have this reproduced in an international paper such as the Guardian We would benefit from your contributions Alan has worked tirelessly to promote conservation in East Africa and India A full list of his accomplishments would be a long one indeed Neil Burgess Phil Clark and PR Sinha have helped us to put together a short list which tells an amazing story what a mark he has left on the world Alan started his career in 1965 as a Game Warden in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania He has some amazing stories to tell about that time like the one of the lion and the virgin and the hilarious antics of the Morogoro Rugby team or his escapades flying in the Game Department aircraft He later worked for the University of Dar Es Salaam for many years in India starting in 1984 with the Wildlife Institute of India as a UNDP FAO consultant and then with UNDP FAO GEF in East Africa and more recently as the UNDP GEF Technical Advisor for Biodiversity in East Africa and as a Senior Adviser to ICRAF and UNDP in East Africa As a scientist Alan Rodgers published prolifically We have attached a rough publications list for him which speaks by itself of his extraordinary breadth and detail of knowledge ranging from primates to big mammals to rangelands and forests in both East Africa and India as well as conservation issues in general The list needs to be cleaned up and people could add other papers they know about but which are not mentioned There are some very very good papers in virtually inaccessible journals such as the Tanganyika Notes and Records and it would be good if some of these could be scanned and placed on the web particularly the paper on elephant control and ivory He was one of the pioneers of the application of remote sensing to discover patches of forest that were unknown to conservationists and biologists during the mid 1980s He took a people centric view to conservation and played a major role in nesting conservation in the development agenda In East Africa He was one of the world experts on miombo ecology He Set up the Tanzania Forest Working Group which has played a major role in coordinating forest conservation in Tanzania He was a Founding member of the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group now Tanzania s foremost forest conservation organization playing a major role in supporting REDD in the country He did seminal research in the Eastern Arc Forests which led to the creation of the Amani NR Udzungwa NP and the Kilombero NR he discovered a number of species new to science including the Sanje Mangabey He was a tireless provider of time and information to generations of young researchers He provided tireless support to Zanzibar government leading to the declaration of the Jozani NP He set up the course in wildlife management at the Zoology Department of the University of Dar es Salaam He realised that the Coastal Forests had a biodiversity importance in their own right at a time when most other biologists only had eyes for the Eastern Arc forests When he worked at the GEF UNDP he put a lot of energy into effecting more conservation action in these forests He gave a vast amount of his time editing people s papers etc while sitting in airport departure lounges on the way to his many meetings He was an unceasing demander of quality and I believe that through this he raised the standard of conservation and biological work in East Africa he certainly raised the standard of the Coastal Forest book He was a vast store of knowledge on wildlife biodiversity and conservation issues and therefore a good resource for researchers to tap into particularly as he was willing to share obscure but important papers from his personal library He collected quite a large number of plants specimens in the Selous Udzungwas Sanje Ulugurus Kimboza as well as various Coastal Forests including a number of undescribed species Phil Clark remembers seeing an unidentified Cynometra with very large leaflets in the UDSM herbarium it would be nice if that was one day named after him if it turns out to be a new species In India He worked for many years at the Wildlife Institute of India in the 1980s as a UNDP FAO Expert and was instrumental in laying a very strong foundation for this important institution After the first regular faculty recruitment when a group of 15 young scientists joined the Institute he took upon himself to train and guide all of them in the art science and practice of wildlife management The field techniques tour in Sariska which he started in 1986 has been institutionalized over the years and now forms one of the most important training programmes undertaken by the Institute He was the key architect in developing wildlife science in India and his contribution in starting the M Sc in Wildlife Science at the Wildlife Institute of India is a very significant one This programme has produced a

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  • December | 2008 | Reconciliation Ecology
    of the semester as I do every semester I had asked you students to approach the book through as fresh even naive a perspective as you could muster setting aside any preconceptions and trying to put yourself in the mind of an educated person in 1859 getting your hands on the book for the first time hot off the presses That of course is easier said than done especially when in class we are surveying the latest discoveries and insights from evolutionary biology How can one erase 150 years of scientific progress on the question from one s memory I m presuming of course that at least some of that accumulated wealth of knowledge from these 150 years has trickled down into your consciousness through your various classes and despite perhaps your best efforts Well I hope most of you have made it at least most of the way through the wonderful if tedious to some modern eyes book If so you will appreciate this classic review reprinted by The Atlantic Monthly where it was first published in 1860 upon the book s maiden voyage across the pond to the American market and written by Asa Gray the eminent botanist contemporary and close correspondent of Darwin himself Here s a wikipedia excerpt about the two men Corresponding with Charles Darwin Gray was helpful in providing information for the development of Darwin s theory on The Origin of Species Gray considered by Darwin to be his friend and best advocate also attempted to convince Darwin in these letters that design was inherent in all forms of life and to return to his faith Notwithstanding Gray was a staunch supporter of Darwin in America and collected together a number of his own writings to produce an influential book Darwiniana These essays argued for a conciliation between Darwinian evolution and the tenets of orthodox Protestant Christianity at a time when many on both sides perceived the two as mutually exclusive That should prime you to go read the review which is pretty sharp and honest starting on this cautious note Novelties are enticing to most people to us they are simply annoying We cling to a long accepted theory just as we cling to an old suit of clothes A new theory like a new pair of breeches The Atlantic still affects the older type of nether garment is sure to have hardfitting places or even when no particular fault can be found with the article it oppresses with a sense of general discomfort New notions and new styles worry us till we get well used to them which is only by slow degrees Wherefore in Galileo s time we might have helped to proscribe or to burn had he been stubborn enough to warrant cremation even the great pioneer of inductive research although when we had fairly recovered our composure and had leisurely excogitated the matter we might have come to conclude that the new doctrine was better than the old one

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  • November | 2008 | Reconciliation Ecology
    to address climate change isn t it How refreshing after the denialism of the previous and still current president W And how about this little step towards a transparent democracy a peek into the inner workings of the transition towards a new policy regime on energy and the environment Check out the ChangeDotGov YouTube channel for other glimpses behind the curtain of this transition towards what s shaping up to be a truly Web 2 0 Presidency Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to Press This Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window More Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in climate change global warming politics reconciliation US video on November 19 2008 by Madhusudan Katti Endorsing a presidential candidate through the lens of science by Madhusudan Katti Leave a reply How can you argue rationally against this Far more important is this Science is a way of governing not just something to be governed Science offers a methodology and philosophy rooted in evidence kept in check by persistent inquiry and bounded by the constraints of a self critical and rigorous method Science is a lens through which we can and should visualize and solve complex problems organize government and multilateral bodies establish international alliances inspire national pride restore positive feelings about America around the globe embolden democracy and ultimately lead the world More than anything what this lens offers the next administration is a limitless capacity to handle all that comes its way no matter how complex or unanticipated Sen Obama s embrace of transparency and evidence based decision making his intelligence and curiosity echo this new way of looking at the world And that is what we should be weighing in the voting booth For his positions and even more for his way of coming to them we endorse Barack Obama for President of the United States read the rest of the endorsement from Seed Barack Obama for President And then if you haven t already done so go VOTE Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on StumbleUpon Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click

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  • May | 2008 | Reconciliation Ecology
    in Mumbai I remember having to watch my step around my sister s apartment a few years ago to avoid squashing fledgling sparrows that were running around being fed by their parents Something like that would probably be unthinkable to many of my American friends Yet this is a country with perhaps the largest household pet market in the world certainly one where more money is spent on keeping pets happy and indulged than anywhere else on the planet Yet the sight of a small mud nest which is actually a marvel of engineering if you pause to look at it stuck to the outsides of houses by tiny birds who eat a lot of insects which also we don t like around our houses is enough to make people spend even more money on power hoses nets etc to get rid of them Cognitive dissonance in this culture s biophilia somewhere Anyway this weekend I managed to get some decent photographs of the swallows click on above image to access the entire image gallery and counted some 15 nests in various stages of construction I also saw a fair amount of courtship activity and even one quick copulation within a completed nest paparazzi photo here And I also detected a couple of other threats the birds may be worried about I found a House Sparrow known usurper of nests checking out several near complete nests And watched several individuals steal fresh mud from neighbor s nests to add to their own nests whenever they got the chance The following images sequence is from one such act of theft but I wish I d brought a video camera to capture the behavior This bird first snuck into its neighbor s nest quickly grabbed some of the wet mud damaging the neighbor s nest in the process note the chunk of mud falling off the nest rim before sneaking back to pack the stolen mud into its own nest To end on a positive note I found that several large sections of netting which had blocked off parts of the buildings to the birds had been pushed aside and several birds were already nesting behind the now open netting I m not sure if this was due to the netting falling apart on its own or done deliberately by some bird lover if not Plant Ops to let the birds nest While that last option may seem unlikely I hope at least that they won t come back to try and fix the netting right away In the meantime if you are at CSUF do drop by the Science II building to enjoy the spectacle put on by these wonderful birds Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share

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