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Weekly Update from the Field October 16, 2003
* Update From the Field
* East Coast Roadshow Rolling Strong

* Forward BFC's Email Updates to you Friends

* Support Education on the Blackfeet Reservation
* Last Words

*Update from the Field
Greetings Buffalo Supporters
Its that time of the year again and the buffalo have started coming out of the park. Our patrols have been in the field monitoring their movements and working to protect them. Already the Department of Livestock (DOL) has been disrupting the peacefulness of fall by chasing and harassing the buffalo at every turn, despite the fact that there are no cattle present for miles in any direction. The all-too-familiar routine of DOL cowboys coming into town to haze buffalo is once again becoming a weekly ritual.

With the return of daily patrols we have started to pull out and dust off our radios and cameras. We're tuning up the skis and snowshoes, and the wood piles are growing by the day. Needless to say, when things really start to kick off we will be ready. In order to keep our patrols well-equipped we will need your help. Last year we had to run patrols in Gardiner as well as West Yellowstone. With the possibility of having to go to other areas to stop the slaughter, we are in need of new radio equipment. Radios have played a key role in our effectiveness in the field. Every one of our patrols that goes into the field has radio communication with all the other patrols and with our office. We use radios every day in the field to let other patrols know where the DOL are, to set up rendezvous points, to call the house for back up, and for the safety of our volunteers. Radios have saved some of our volunteers from frostbite and have helped us to save the lives of many buffalo. With radios we have been able to track the DOL and coordinate efforts to keep buffalo out of harm's way.

We are asking for your help in raising $2,500 to meet our radio needs. Any donations you send earmarked "radios" will be used to purchase new radios, repair our old ones and help maintain them throughout the season.

Thank you for helping us to prepare for our seventh winter in the field!
With the Buffalo,
* East Coast Roadshow Rolling Strong

Thanks to Barry and all the friends and associates of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York for hosting such a successful event on Tuesday evening. Good connections were made between wolf and buffalo advocates and the buffalo gained many strong allies.
We are building support for the buffalo with every stop on the tour and East Coast audiences are proving to be very receptive to the work of BFC.

If you live in or near any of the communities listed below, please be sure to attend a presentation.

October 16, 7pm
Burlington, VT
University of Vermont
104 Aiken Building
contact: Elizabeth <egetchel@uvm.edu>

October 18, 10am-6pm
Boston, MA
Boston Vegetarian Society Festival
Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
contact: Tricia <tpanitz@cape.com>

October 21, 7:30 pm
Plymouth NH
Plymouth State University
Multipurpose Room, Hartman Union Building
contact: Lynn <DavidSandLynnM@aol.com>

October 22
Keene, NH
Keene State
contact: Jennifer <jkramer-mindspring.com>

October 23
Biddeford, ME
University of New England
11 am: 202 Marcil
1 pm: 202 Decary
contact: Cynthia <CSimon@une.edu>

October 26, 2pm
Barnstable, MA
Cape Cod Community College
Science Building, Lecture Hall B
contact: Tricia <tpanitz@cape.com>

October 27, 7pm
Boston, MA
Patagonia Store
346 Newbury Street
contact Stephanie <stephanie_long@patagonia.com>

October 28, 7pm
Providence, RI
Brown University
contact: Christine <crdavis@cs.brown.edu>

November 5, 12 noon
Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary College
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
contact: Danielle <dmoret@wm.edu>

November 6
Charlottesville, VA
Details TBA
contact: Christina <shewulf@firstva.com>

November 8, 10am - 5pm
King William, VA
Upper Mattaponi Tribal Grounds
Veteran's Day Pow-Wow
contact: Jeannie <mailto:jchewning@globalweb.net>

November 9, 10am - 4pm
King William, VA
Upper Mattaponi Tribal Grounds
Veteran's Day Pow-Wow
contact: Jeannie <mailto:jchewning@globalweb.net>

* Forward BFC's Email Updates to you Friends

As we prepare for another busy winter defending the buffalo, it is important to expand the network of people helping us to protect the herd. One way to do this is through our email updates.

The best way to stay informed is to subscribe to BFC's electronic newsletter. Each update features a "News from the Field" section, where we report on recent actions taking place along the Yellowstone boundary. You will also find short poems, information on the natural history of buffalo, and the most current information on legal, legislative, and management decisions affecting the herd. You'll receive an update every week from November to June and two per month during the quieter summer months.

We respect your privacy and don't share our list with anyone.
Please help us spread the word by forwarding updates to your friends and family, and ask them to sign up. We are a grassroots effort and we depend on people like you to share the buffalo's plight. When enough people are informed, we will stop the slaughter!

* Support Education on the Blackfeet Reservation
If you live in or around the Bozeman area, please help support education on the Blackfeet Reservation by shopping at the Food Co-op on Friday, October 24. The Co-op will donate 4% of their sales from that day to a reservation school.

* Last Words

"The Bison of Yellowstone National Park are unique among bison herds in the United States, being descendants, in part, of the only continuously wild herd in this country."
Dr. Mary Meagher
Bison expert and former National Park Service Biologist

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