Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WSB: Tapping into locavores as potential hunters

As hunter numbers continue to decrease in the United States, researchers looking for ways to recruit nontraditional hunters may have found a group to tap into — locavores, or people who prefer to buy and eat local foods. 

In a new study published in The Wildlife Society Bulletin, researchers surveyed subscribers of “Edible Finger Lakes,” a magazine in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York oriented toward the local-food movement, to determine their interest and involvement in hunting. 

“Initially, my colleagues and I had this hunch based on gray literature such as newspaper reporting and books that were published,” said Keith Tidball, a senior extension with the Department of Natural Resources and the assistant director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension and coauthor of the study. 

Since locavores prefer food that’s grown, raised, produced and harvested locally, Tidball suspected some of them might be interested in hunting. 

The researchers submitted a grant to determine three things regarding the locavore movement and hunting: recruitment and retention, how food preparation plays a role in their interest, and the nutritional component of wild game and how this plays into conservation. This study focused on recruitment and retention. Read the rest of the story here. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tidball meets w Secretary of Interior and Agency Heads to Discuss Hunting and Fishing Access for Veterans

Tidball, who is conducting research on how park and outdoor recreation promotes physical activity and both preventative as well as therapeutic health benefits among US Military veterans, was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Deputy Director of US Fish and Wildlife Service Greg Sheehan, and high-level representatives from the National Park Service, the US Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Land Management. Tidball, a veteran and avid outdoorsman himself, was glad to be able to share some of the results of his USDA NIFA funded research at the roundtable. A press release regarding the event is available from the Department of the Interior here.

Short documentary film tells a different kind of Hurricane Sandy story

Short documentary film tells a different kind of Hurricane Sandy story

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Eight ways to get ready for the next big winter storm

Eight ways to get ready for the next big winter storm

Winter Storm Stella, a nor’easter that blasted across the Northeast and Midwest, claimed several lives. At least some of those deaths were a result of physical exertion from snow removal.
Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, recommends eight things to do immediately to prepare families for future storms, disasters and emergencies.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Article in Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad about nature healing wounded veterans

In today's Kristeligt Dagblad, a Danish newspaper published in Copenhagen, Denmark, an article appears detailing how nature helps injured veterans heal. In this article, my work and a quote or two appear. A companion piece to the news article can be found here.

Here is a Goggle Translate generated translation of the original article.

Natural Therapy Helps Injured Veterans
It relieves symptoms and can cause permanent resources that bring the wounded soldiers on in life, when nature is part of their treatment, concludes professionals. The US has already hundreds of associations for veterans with nature as the focal point.

Veterans who are disadvantaged of their experiences in the war, you better when they stay and in working with nature. The experience from both Danish and foreign projects with so-called nature based therapy.

Keith Tidball researcher at Department of Natural Resources by the American Cornell University and editor of the anthology "Greening in the Red Zone "on nature and green work healing effect when a life is turned upside down by war and disaster.

"People who participate in nature-based therapy, reports the extraordinarily high levels of satisfaction, improved health and reduced hypervigilance and other PTSD symptoms. I say not that nature is a green pill you can take and then Feel better, but it sets apparently a number of mechanisms
in time, "he says.

Gardening, farming, walks or to sit for hours in wait for a stag hunting tower In this connection all
nature experiences. "Man as a species was born in the wild, and here we have evolved. With or without war, we have made our best to remove us from this natural home with technology industry and by living separated in society. Many longing for cohesion and and in particular, those which
obviously lost touch or life due to violence and war. It takes in the nature. I think it here rediscovered cohesion and the experience of discovering routes back to an earlier self is the main ingredient in what is at stake, "says Keith Tidball.

In military hospitals after WWI worked veterans with shell shock, forerunner of PTSD diagnosis, in gardens and greenhouses as part of their treatment. IN Today in the US, according to Keith
Tidball "hundreds" of organizations and groups with in order to rehabilitate veterans through outdoor activities. But the anecdotal evidence from hundred years experience and recent results from smaller research projects yet to be backed by solid clinical research on long-term studies, he says.

In Denmark wrote Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences and Nature Management at Copenhagen University Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Ph.D. sore eight PTSD-affected veterans benefits of nature-based therapy in a North Zealand forest garden. She also found that veterans saw an improvement of their condition, as for everyone he also found a year after that the project ended, including because the men found ways to overcome their symptoms, which also acts, when they get home. This might dampen anxiety to sit up a large tree, where his back is covered and allows clear, explains Dorthe Varning Poulsen: "We also know that monotone movements like walking or woodcutting can bring body in a flow mode. Many mental states as PTSD or other stress-related
diseases linked to bodily responses, and when working with the body through structured activities in nature, falls symptoms calm down, "she says, now planning a larger study of 40 veterans together with Kolding Municipality.

At the same institute has Project Niels Overgaard Block out the project Veterans in the Faggrønne. 12 veterans lived for 10 weeks training center Skovskolen by Gribskov in North Zealand and were taught among other things, forestry and nature conservation.
All stood outside the labor market, as the project began. Before, during and after the effect mapped among other with interviews, observations and logbooks. Ten veterans conducted Stay, and six of them are in work or training day, two in progress with actual nature education and another got a part time job, even if he were granted disability pension. Two others got no job, but was given the strength to change their life in crucial ways: One came out of its protracted isolation in an allotment, the second inserting themselves in the Recognizing that he had Need more help. "They used the stay as a
Impetus for change. The magic is that veterans through learning and activities in nature can regain self-esteem and community, so they can better break with resignation and acceptance of a bad life. The feel again, they are life-competent and thrive, "says Niels Blok Overgaard.


Monday, October 17, 2016

WWIA – To Honor. To Connect. To Heal.

Continuing the work with Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation to document the value of outdoor recreation as therapeutic for  wounded combat veterans. Tidball at 3:57.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wild Harvest Table Project Receives a Pair of Awards from the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences

Keith Tidball, Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources (left), and Moira Tidball, Nutrition Resource Educator in CCE Seneca (far right) along with Paul Curtis (not pictured), Extension Wildlife Specialist, also from the Department of Natural Resources, received the National and Eastern Region Program Excellence Through Research Award.
The team was recognized for the College of Agriculture and Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension research and extension project, The Wild Harvest Table: Leveraging the Locavore Movement to Increase Hunter and Angler Recruitment and Retention.

Monday, February 1, 2016

CCE Summer Internship: A New Orion – Locavore, Hipster, Hunger Games Survivor? Who are the next generation of hunters?

As a part of ongoing research on changing demographics among hunters and anglers in the US, I recently worked with an intern via the Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Program to conduct a popular media literature search using the internet. Not surprisingly, we found quite a large conversation on the World Wide Web regarding the topic of the next generation of hunters and anglers and their relationships with local food movements. Thanks to summer intern Lauren Poindexter and the efforts of CCE Educator Moira Tidball of the Wild Harvest Table, a better understanding was gained regarding the way the world is talking about the next generation of hunters and anglers and the various social movements of our time.

Lauren Poindexter, CCE Summer Intern explaining our research to Cornell U. President Garrett

Our internet Google search produced some interesting results.

 Note that the inclusion of search terms “fishing” or “angling” dramatically increased search result hits. Also note that the proportionally larger search result for “women hunting for food,” likely a result of imprecise and/or multiple search terms, does not appear in the pie chart.

We found that there are overlapping yet distinct categories of what we might think of as the next generation of hunters (and anglers); (1) new levels of female participation; (2) the growing trend of hunting among so-called “hipsters” and “millennials” (undefined herein, intentionally); and (3) the expanding locavore, food/environment issues driven hunting trend.  Academics, myself among them, are busy attempting to understand this complex mosaic representing the New Orion- the Next Generation of Hunters. Stay tuned for the results of that work.  

Meanwhile, we've compiled a reading list of 15 articles found in the popular press dealing with these issues within the last ten years  There are 5 from each of the categories mentioned above, organized and color-coded for easy reference.  They are hyper-linked under the heading “Source”.  

Wisconsin aims to put more female fingers on the triggers
More Women Give Hunting a Shot
The Professional Women Who Hunt, Shoot and Gut Their Dinners
ICYMI: All The Cool Girls Go Hunting For Food
All the Cool Girls Hunt Their Own Food
The Rise of the Hipster Hunters
Hipsters Who Hunt: More Liberals are Shooting Their Own Supper
On Hipsters and Hunting
Hipster’s are Going Hunting
A Profile of a Hipster Hunter, the Next Generation of Conservationists
The Changing Culture of Killing for Food
Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US
The Meat-Eater Revolution
Locavore, Get Your Gun
The Hunt to Table Movement

There are many articles to explore this further, as our search results described above confirm.  These, however, seem to most completely capture the complexities of the issues, and preserve the nuance of each category, while providing a reasonably comprehensive lay understanding. For a more academic treatment of this subject, see here

In an effort to further understand, from a textual analytic standpoint, what the popular press is saying about the next generation of hunters and the links between local food movements, I entered all 15 of the above articles into a textual content analytical tool and generated the below word cloud.

The words that seem most prominent are Hunter, Food, Meat, Hunt, About, People, Deer, Women, More, and New. Though mostly what one would expect, the word About is unusual, perhaps alluding to the difficult-to-meet need of the New Hunter seeking More Food in the form of Meat to learn About hunting and how to process and prepare Meat. Stay tuned for a forthcoming paper addressing this and other salient topics.

Friday, December 18, 2015

5 Social Mechanisms of Resilience

During my dissertation work, I took up the challenge presented by Berkes and Folke to identify additional social mechanisms that contribute to social-ecological system resilience. In that and subsequent work, I have identified at least 5 mechanisms that contribute to resilience, especially in times of crisis like disaster or war, or what I have called Red Zones. These mechanisms were discussed in depth during a lecture I gave for the Civic Ecology MOOC. Below is a video of that lecture.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tidball presents NY Extension Disaster Education Network at NYCOM Fall Training

At the 2015 Fall Training School for City & Village Officials hosted by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipalities (NYCOM), Tidball presented the NY Extension Disaster Education Network to clerks and municipal leaders.  See the presentation here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tidball Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from USDA for work as a Visiting Scholar in the Philippines

Tidball has been awarded a Certificate or Appreciation from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture for his work in helping the Philippines replicate the successful Extension Disaster Education model he works with in the United States and in New York.  Tidball served as a visiting scholar at USDA in 2014 where he authored a USDA White paper containing policy recommendations for expanding the US EDEN project to international partner nations, available here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Community-Based Agricultural Initiatives for Transitioning Rural Veterans - V.A.'s Office of Rural Health & HSR&D Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR)

Growing Veterans in Washington State is working with the V.A.'s Office of Rural Health to determine their efficacy for helping with veteran well-being & reintegration as a "community agriculture initiative." The Advisory Board for this project includes Experts in the fields of food security (David Himmelgreen, PhD – University of South Florida), environmental anthropology, community-based agriculture (Rebecca Zargar, PhD – University of South Florida), civic ecology, socio-ecological system resilience (Keith Tidball, PhD - Cornell), therapeutic horticulture (Elizabeth Diehl – University of Florida), Occupational Therapy (Consuela Kreider, PhD – University of Florida) and Veteran-based community agricultural initiatives (Steve Wahle - The Mission Continues).


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book notes: Humans increasingly heal, and are healed by nature

In their new book, “Civic Ecology” (The MIT Press) Natural Resources Professor Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball, senior extension associate in Natural Resources, come together to tell the stories of this emerging grassroots environmental stewardship. They also offer an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and studying civic ecology as a growing international phenomenon.

Book notes: Humans increasingly heal, and are healed by nature

Civic Ecology and Resilience | SESYNC

Civic Ecology and Resilience | SESYNC

Civic Ecology and Resilience

Award Year: 2014

Principal Investigator:

Marianne Krasny, Cornell University

Keith Tidball, Cornell University

Associated Program:

Propose a Workshop


Civic ecology practices are community-based, environmental stewardship actions taken to enhance green infrastructure, ecosystem services, and human well-being in cities. Examples include tree planting in post-Katrina New Orleans, oyster reestablishment and dune restoration in New York City, community gardening in Detroit, village grove restoration in Korea, and natural area stewardship in the Cape Flats, South Africa. These practices often emerge in communities after a major disaster (e.g., Hurricane Sandy) or following long-term disinvestment and decline (e.g., Detroit). From a social-ecological systems perspective, they represent small-scale, self-organized efforts that address multiple stresses, including poverty, crime, flooding, pollution, and limited open space.

The goal of this workshop is to better understand such practices and the insights they provide in planning for future stresses related to climate change. The workshop will bring together ethnically-diverse community leaders engaged in civic ecology practices and academics from universities, NGOs, and government to address the following questions:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Need-based giving in Disaster - Tidball Presentation at ASU

Recent presentation at the Need-based transfers in water management and disaster recovery workshop 

Hosted by the Human Generosity Project and the Decision Center for a Desert City at Arizona State University.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Forthcoming book

Civic Ecology | The MIT Press

Civic Ecology

Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up


In communities across the country and around the world, people are coming together to rebuild and restore local environments that have been affected by crisis or disaster. In New Orleans after Katrina, in New York after Sandy, in Soweto after apartheid, and in any number of postindustrial, depopulated cities, people work together to restore nature, renew communities, and heal themselves. In Civic Ecology, Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball offer stories of this emerging grassroots environmental stewardship, along with an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and studying it as a growing international phenomenon.
Krasny and Tidball draw on research in social capital and collective efficacy, ecosystem services, social learning, governance, social-ecological systems, and other findings in the social and ecological sciences to investigate how people, practices, and communities interact. Along the way, they chronicle local environmental stewards who have undertaken such tasks as beautifying blocks in the Bronx, clearing trash from the Iranian countryside, and working with traumatized veterans to conserve nature and recreate community. Krasny and Tidball argue that humans’ innate love of nature and attachment to place compels them to restore nature and places that are threatened, destroyed, or lost. At the same time, they report, nature and community exert a healing and restorative power on their stewards.

About the Authors

Marianne Krasny is Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University.
Keith Tidball is Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources and Associate Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University and State Coordinator for the New York Extension Disaster Education Network.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Call for Papers- Special Issue of Sustainability Science

Call for Papers for Special Issue
Traps! Expanding Thinking on Persistent Maladaptive States
in Pursuit of Resilience

We   acknowledge   that   our   societies   are   far   from   sustainability.   The   cascading   crises    environmental,  financial, political and social-­  create a moment in history that scientists, policy makers  and  corporate  actors  either  consider  as  windows  of  opportunity  or  as  situations  of entrapment. This ongoing tension can be enlightened with the concept of “traps,” especially by unravelling how traps are understood, perceived and what sustains them. The debate on traps in  socialecologicaltechnological  systems  will advance  sustainability  science  by creating  new meaning    and   deepening    the   thinking    on   what   inhibits    our   societies    from   escaping unsustainability  traps, by bringing interdisciplinary  perspectives  from social sciences into the sustainability debate with the concept of stability and instability over the course of achieving sustainability  and  also  by  bridging  two  scholarships  that  address  actively  the  sustainability debate: resilience approach and sustainability transitions approach.  

In this special issue we revisit the conceptualization  of poverty and rigidity traps (Carpenter and Brock 2008) by considering how representations  of stability landscapes can affect spatial and temporal micro  and macrodynamics  which shape the very landscapes that contain these traps. Transformations  are radical changes of micro  and/or macrodynamics  that reshape the possibilities to escape these traps by reshaping the basins of attraction and the landscape as a whole. Conceptualizing  and then representing  via heuristic models broader scale dynamics in the form of dynamic landscapes and smaller scale dynamics in the form of stability landscapes and basins of attraction raises new questions and new understanding  of how the lenses with which  we  approach  time  and  space  dynamics  impact  the  way  SES  develop  and/or  can  be managed over time. In this thinking, institutions and how they operate in relation to micro and macrodynamics     resemble     some    archetypical     behavioral     patterns    conceptualized     as institutional traps. 

Rigidity  traps occur in social–ecological  systems  when institutions  become  highly  connected, selfreinforcing,  and  inflexible  (Gunderson  and  Holling  2002).  Poverty  traps  (Azariadis  and Stachurski  2005,  Bowles,  Durlauf  et  al.  2006,  Carter  and  Barrett  2006,  Barrett,  Travis  et  al.
2011), with particular emphasis on nonmonetary  impoverishment traps, distinct from rigidity traps, represent a situation in which people are impoverished  by circumstances  beyond their immediate control (Bowles, Durlauf et al. 2006). Thresholds, or tipping points, indicate regime shifts in socialecological systems and are related to traps, especially when we visualize traps in  terms  of  multiple  domains  in  stability  landscape  models  (HerrfahrdtPähle  and  PahlWostl
2012).    Carpenter  and  Brock  (2008)  emphasize  the  changing  nature  of  traps  in  their  efforts  to
model  adaptive  capacity.  These  scholars  argue  that  traps  represent  persistent  maladaptive states,  and  that  the  conditions  that  lead  to  rigidity  or  poverty  arise  in  opposite  phases  of  the
adaptive  cycle.  Rigidity  can  set  in  when  connectivity  and  potential  have  increased,  while adaptive capacity has atrophied. At the other end of the cycle, when connectivity  or potential are low, impoverishment can result. We take this notion of impoverishment to include multiple capitals, in addition to monetary, and expand upon this notion herein.

This special issue will pick up where Carpenter and Brock, and more recently Boonstra and de Boer (2014) left off by expanding  upon not only functional  but also discursively  constructed traps,  and  their  relative  panarchies  or  “nestedness”  in  socialecological  systems.  Examples include   traps   in  urban   SES   contexts   brought   about   by  adopting   an  ecosystem   services perspective, traps brought about by societal discourses emphasizing anthropocentrism,  as well as  explaining which institutional mechanisms underline traps over time and across scales. The core  aim of the special issue is therefore to expand and refine the concept of poverty traps, rigidity  traps (Carpenter and Brock 2008), and perhaps theorize new kinds of traps and their implications  for resilience scholarship,  as well as to work towards developing  a typology of traps, and relevant scalar implications,  from a multidisciplinary  team of scholars contributing to the special issue.  

Our proposed  special issue contributes  to the journal’s  efforts to probe interactions  between global, social, and human systems, the complex mechanisms  that lead to degradation  of these systems,  and  concomitant   risks  to  human  well-­being.   The  proposed  traps”  special  issue presents a unique, novel, and transdisciplinary effort to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems, uncertainty and application of the precautionary principle, the coevolution of  knowledge  and recognition  of problems,  and tradeoffs  between  global  and local problem solving.  
Important Dates

30 August 2014                   Submission of Abstracts to Guest Editors (500 words excl. references)

15 September 2014           Communication about Accepted Abstracts 

30 October 2014                 Submission of Full Manuscripts to Guest Editors

30 November 2014            Communication of inorout Decision of Guest Editors to Authors

30 January 2015                  Submission of Revised Full Manuscripts to Sustainability Science Journal April 2016                              Publication of Special IssueTraps”  
Guest Editors:
Keith Tidball, PhD, Asst. Director Civic Ecology Lab
(Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, USA) (email:

Niki Frantzeskaki, PhD.
(Dutch Research Institute For Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)