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Weekly Update from the Field August 21, 2008
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* Update from the Field
* LAST CALL! Hear the Music, Meet the Woman: Bonnie Raitt ~ Only 5 BFC Benefit Tickets Left!
* BFC Needs Your Help!! Wood Cut Week August 28 - September 3
* Last Words
* Kill Tally

* Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
Summers in Montana sure don't last long. Already there are subtle hints of fall in the air. The buffalo rut season is coming to a close, and soon BFC's tabling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks will end. It has been an encouraging summer talking with park visitors. BFC has been discovering that more and more people are aware of what's happening to the buffalo and are ready to do whatever it takes to stop the madness. Many thanks go to Iwi, Hunter, Brandy, Noah, and all the other summer volunteers who helped reach out for the buffalo, and to all the Park visitors who are doing what they can to help the buffalo! We are already preparing for next summer's tabling events, so if you are interested, please contact us at buffaloatwildrockies.org.

We are also thinking ahead to the winter as the warm months begin to slightly give way to the coming cold. Summer is just barely long enough to get a few critical things done before we find ourselves under many feet of snow. Buffalo migration will soon begin again, and before we know it, BFC will be back out on the front lines, documenting all actions made against the last wild buffalo and telling the world what we are witnessing, in our collective effort to make lasting, positive change for the last wild buffalo.

As we prepare for another long, frigid, snow-packed winter we can use your help to gather and cut firewood that will keep our field volunteers from freezing as they stand vigilance over the last wild buffalo! It's good, hard work that requires a team effort, so please join us for any amount of time. Wood Cut Week is happening next week (see below for details) and BFC will host another Wood Cut Weekend in mid-October. Bring friends and chain saws!

But, summer isn't quite over yet, and before it is, Bonnie Raitt is coming to Big Sky, Montana to share her beautiful music. The special benefit tickets that will go directly towards the front lines work of BFC are going fast. Get yours now as there are only 5 left! Details are below.

Buffalo advocates in Montana, across the country, and even in Europe are showing their support for letting buffalo roam their ancestral lands by acquiring the new "Let Buffalo Roam" license plates! The plates are beautiful, and they say it all: LET BUFFALO ROAM! Official plates are available for vehicles in Montana, and sample plates are available to anyone in any state or country. Learn how to get your plates and also how to help spread the word.

BFC and the growing number of buffalo champions remain steadfast in our efforts to expose the livestock industry's war against wild buffalo for the tragic sham that it is. Tribal voices are growing stronger, and communities in buffalo country are becoming more and more vocal against the insane actions of Montana and the Interagency Bison Management Plan. See what residents of Horse Butte are doing to protect the buffalo from a livestock lawsuit.

Thank you all for your continued support and for being strong voices for the last wild population of American bison. Press on! Together we are seeing big changes on the horizon.

Roam Free!
* LAST CALL! Hear the Music, Meet the Woman: Bonnie Raitt ~ Only 5 BFC Benefit Tickets Left!
There are only 5 special Bonnie Raitt tickets left for her concert in Big Sky, Montana on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. Proceeds from benefit ticket purchases go directly towards BFC's front lines work to defend the last wild buffalo. Have some fun, enjoy amazing music, help the buffalo, and meet Bonnie Raitt BACK STAGE after the show! Get yours now!

Bonnie Raitt has been a strong, generous supporter of BFC and the buffalo for years. Here's an excerpt from an August 18, 2008 Bozeman Daily Chronicle article by Jodi Hausen about Bonnie's upcoming concert:
For the Raitt concert, she said, there were 3,000 tickets initially; by the end of last week there were less than 300 left. "They start to go and all of a sudden, they're gone," Hicks said.
Bonnie Raitt is doing a little fundraising herself for a local organization. She reserved 10 tickets that will be sold at $200 each and will include the concert and an after-show backstage visit with her. Proceeds from the sales of those tickets will be donated to the Buffalo Field Campaign.

Many groups, including the Buffalo Field Campaign, have come out against a brucellosis management plan that has sent more than 1,600 Yellowstone bison to slaughter this past year. Brucellosis is a disease that can be spread from bison to cattle causing them to abort their fetuses.

In a written statement, Raitt's publicist, Annie Heller-Gutwillig wrote: "Bonnie has supported (the Buffalo Field Campaign) a couple of times over the last decade and it seemed to make great sense to support them on this tour stop in Big Sky that is just about 200 miles away from their base of operations in West Yellowstone."

This is the last call and there are only 5 tickets left!
Get yours now!
* BFC Needs Your Help for Wood Cut Week
Come to beautiful West Yellowstone, headquarters of Buffalo Field Campaign, and help us gather, cut, and stack the firewood that will keep our field volunteers warm, dry and alive through Montana's long, harsh winter. Any amount of time you can spare will be great - spend a day, a couple of days, the whole week and bring your friends, and if you can, a chain saw. Room and board provided. There is also plenty of magnificent camping space available either on BFC land or on the millions of gorgeous acres of national forest that is literally our back yard.
Wood Cut Week is August 28 through September 3.

Any amount of time you can spend helping will be fabulous.
Please RSVP with barb at buffaloatwildrockies.org or 406-646-0070.
* Last Words
"The presence of brucellosis is not a public health risk to consumers, livestock officials said."
From the Belgrade News, State Loses Brucellosis Free Status, Michael Tucker, 6-10-08

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