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
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.
* 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
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
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
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!
* 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
* 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