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* Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
Late Summer in Yellowstone marks the season of the buffalo rut! Over the past few weeks, the vast majority of the last wild buffalo have been gathering in the lush Lamar and Hayden Valleys in a massive family reunion. This is the time when bulls, healthy and huge with summer grasses, challenge each other in remarkable displays of their maleness, all for the right to court willing females and ensure the buffalo generations to come. In their attempts to prove they are the best choice, bulls have to work very hard to impress the selective females who won't accept just any ol' bull. Until they are allowed to mate, the bulls tend to small groups of females, challenging any on-comer. The deep, masculine roars of the mighty bulls seem to shake the very ground; with amazing agility, their huge bulks challenge and dare one another as they spar and dance the dance of the life force, the poetry-in-motion of mid-Summer heat. As the summer and the rut season wane, the buffalo mothers-to-be will nurture the treasure they carry through the extreme weather of Yellowstone country's fall and winter; and if they can avoid government agents and gunners at Yellowstone's border, eight and nine months from now, the earth will be blessed with little red gifts of baby buffalo.

As the rut season begins to taper off, BFC's tabling inside Yellowstone will also be coming to an end soon. After Labor Day, as the majority of Yellowstone visitors head home to their other lives, BFC volunteers will head back to campaign headquarters to prepare for the coming fall, winter and spring of buffalo defense. Many thanks to the volunteers who have spent countless hours in the Park talking to visitors and sharing the buffalo's story.

Whether in the Park or on the road, spreading the word to save the herd is a constant. Just this week, Mike, Jesse and Seamus headed west to kick off BFC's West Coast Road Show. They will be joined by Native American artist Good Shield of 7th Generation Rise, and other incredible buffalo friends, like the incredible warrior-poet John Trudell.

For more info email jesse@thisside.net or check out the calendar of events at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/aboutus/roadshowswest2006.html.
(Hey Seamus, we hope your leg is feeling ok!)

BFC's Josh will be starting the first-ever Southwest Road Show in the next couple weeks, so please join him if you can. Bring your friends and family too!

For more information, confirmed calendar of presentations, or to help Josh set up other events, please contact Josh at bfc-advocate"at"wildrockies.org or visit http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/aboutus/roadshowsouthwest2006.html.
BFC's most recent newsletter will soon be hot off the press and in the mail to you! If you are not on our mailing list but would like to receive our annual newsletter, please send your name and mailing address to Kalanu at buffaloatwildrockies.org. If you know of coffee shops, co-ops, or other good places you can help place newsletters, please let us know and we'll get a stack to you. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

In closing, we'd like to extend a big CONGRATULATIONS to Megan and Aaron on their recent marriage! Megan has been a part of the BFC family for many years and never fails to lend her strength and wisdom to helping protect the buffalo. Thank you for making us a part of your sacred day. We wish you both lots of happiness and much BuffaLove!
Roam Free,
~BFC
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* In Honor and Memory of Phil Morton
dear friends,
Thursday, August 24th marks the third anniversary of Phil's death (YIKES!!!) ... as most of you know, Phil was deeply committed to WILDlife, but particularly the Yellowstone buffalo... He strongly opposed the MIS-management policies in effect here in Montana which result in hazing, capture, testing, slaughter and/or quarantine ... As an avid hunter, he opposed the bison hunt because of lack of adequate habitat and management by the Montana Department of Livestock instead of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He would have also opposed the increase in the number of bison hunt tags to be issued this year, which are higher than even the FWP biologists had recommended.

As an innovator and supporter of independent media, particularly videographers, presenting their own views of a situation, Phil was a strong supporter of the Buffalo Field Campaign's effort to video-document the actions in the field taken against the buffalo when they cross the border into Montana. Last January, when buffalo crashed through the ice of Hebgen Lake during a hazing operation, Danny Brister's photograph and footage captured by him and other volunteers had wide-spread national and international exposure.

In honor and memory of Phil, I am again asking you to consider making a donation in his name to:
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

In addition to their on-going daily documentation of actions against the buffalo, campaign volunteers were posted on our highway day and night trying to get drivers to slow down (speed limit was 70mph!), following a one week period of time whereby 8 buffalo were killed by speeding drivers. Six campaign workers have now been certified to use florescent batons and will be out there every night on behalf of these migrating critters seeking food in our lower elevation. Housing, feeding and training up to 40 volunteers a week takes great dedication, time and money. So please, please give as generously as you're able. I will again being working with the state transportation department to lower the speed limit to 50mph; that effort last season took almost 4 weeks of daily emails and phone calls to accomplish.

As an alternative to a direct donation, I will donate 50% of net proceeds from the purchase of the DVD Phil and I completed shortly before his death. RUTTIN' ELK, RUTTIN' BUFFLER, which costs $35, can be purchased on line at: http://www.customflix.com/Store/ShowTtl.jsp?id=204948.

Phil's spirit remains very much alive and is an important inspiration for those of us who work to protect WILDlife, WILD lands and WILD people! My commitment is very much strengthened by the memory of him.

for the WILD ones,
love, barb

P.S. Please take a moment to learn a little more about Phil and barb from an Earth Day honoring BFC created in celebration of Phil's birthday: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/aboutus/artthoughts/philbarb.html.
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* Beautiful Buffalo Dream Catcher for Auction
Amazing artist and huge advocate for wild buffalo, Eldorado, has donated a really fabulous dream catcher to help support BFC's efforts to protect the buffalo. Bidding ends tomorrow (Friday - sorry for the short notice!). It's one of the coolest dream catchers I've ever seen, check it out and place your bid by going to
http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-1706414-5463217?loc=http%3A//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26item%3D110023351103%20
A recent email from Eldorado states, "For several years now, you guys have been my heroes. These feeble efforts on ebay to assist are nothing compared with the thankless battles you...wage daily to protect our buffalo brothers. My profoundest respect, admiration and love."
Eldorado, we could not do what we do without the support and inspiration from people like you! Thank you for being with us and for the buffalo!
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* Last Words
"We encamped close to the river. The night was dark, and as we lay down we could hear, mingled with the howlings of wolves, the hoarse bellowing of the buffalo, like the ocean beating upon a distant coast."
Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail, 1849


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