* Colorado Ski Trip Auction Ends Tomorrow
You only have one day left to bid on this amazing Crested Butte vacation. The winner will receive six nights of lodging in a Gold-Plus rated, four-bedroom, 3-bath condominium 500 yards from the base of Crested Butte's Silver Queen ski lift, eight ski lift tickets courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and more than $700 dollars worth of ski clothing from Patagonia. 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the front-lines work of Buffalo Field Campaign, the only group working in the field and on the policy front to permanently protect the Yellowstone bison, America's only continuously wild population.
Retail value of this package is approximately $6,000.
For more information, please click here.
This auction closes on Friday, January 29, 2010.
* Update from the Field
Family group of buffalo in Yellowstone. Photo by Kim Kaiser.
Volunteers have been pouring in from across the country. People are coming from a diversity of landscapes and backgrounds, all with the common goal of helping America's last wild population of buffalo. It is encouraging for us to continuously meet new people who are inspired by the buffalo and learn what called them, some traveling thousands of miles for the chance to spend even a few short weeks with us and the buffalo. Thankfully, no buffalo are currently in harms way. This has allowed us to take the necessary time to thoroughly introduce all these enthusiastic new volunteers to the landscape and field operations, before the insanity of government management actions occur. These quiet days also enable us to devote time to other projects that help buffalo, like taking down barbed wire fence in buffalo habitat.
The absence of buffalo leaves a hole in our hearts. Even those who have yet to spend time with buffalo in the field can feel them missing, and crave their presence on the landscape. Buffalo have a way of touching people even when they are not around, and when when they do begin their migration, the awe of their powerful presence will be a powerful awakening to us all, and volunteers will be ready to do the work necessary to defend them and their right to roam the lands that are their birthright.
Thank you BFC supporters everywhere for enabling us to be here on the front lines and in the policy arena working in defense of America's last wild buffalo!
* High Quality Photos Needed for Yellowstone Buffalo Calendar
Thank you to everyone who has sent us Yellowstone buffalo photos for consideration in the first-ever BFC buffalo calendar. It has been an absolute pleasure to see your pictures! We still need high-quality Yellowstone buffalo photos, so if you have some you'd like to share, or know of photographers who have been to Yellowstone and spent time with the buffalo, please get in touch. The Yellowstone buffalo calendar will become available before the 2011 calendar year, and will focus on the positive aspects of buffalo life. If your photos are chosen for use in the calendar, you will, of course, be given full credit.
Photo submission guidelines: Calendar photos must be stellar! We need high-quality digital photos at 300dpi, high resolution JPEG or TIFF files. Photos should be in color. We cannot accept "photoshopped", scanned, web camera, or photos taken from a web site. There should not be any dates or text of any kind visible on the photos. If you have photos that meet these requirements and you're willing to let us submit them for inclusion in the calendar, please send them to Stephany at bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org. You may also send a CD of photos to Stephany/Buffalo Calendar, P.O. Box 957, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758. We can also send you a more detailed document on photo submission guidelines required by the calendar's publisher, so just email for a copy if you intend to submit photos.
* Support a Wish: BFC Kitchen Needs a New Stove
The BFC kitchen is in need of a new stove! Our current oven has been on the fritz for a few years now and we are looking to replace it before it finally gives up the ghost. We are looking for a commercial grade 6-burner gas range with a large capacity oven. During our main season we feed anywhere from 15-40 volunteers three meals a day seven days a week, so a heavy duty, reliable range is one of our most important tools at camp. If you have this kind of a range, or know someone who does, and would like to donate it to the BFC, or if you would like to help us purchase a new one, please call our kitchen coordinator, Brandy, at 406-646-0070. Thank you!
Please visit BFC's Wish List to find out about other items we need. All donations - monetary and in-kind - are tax deductible.
* Buffalo in the News
BFC lends a hand to free the land
West Yellowstone News, January 26, 2010
State vet's assurance should calm ranchers
Casper Star Tribune, January 26, 2010
George Wuerthner: Grass-fed beef won't save the planet
New West, January 22, 2010
Bison, brucellosis and the road to recovery
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, January 16, 2010
OPINION: Giving bison to Turner isn't legal
Casper Star-Tribune, January 10, 2010
Wildlife group explains position
Casper Star-Tribune, January 10, 2010
* Last Words ~ Howard Zinn
In honor of Howard Zinn, who passed away last night:
"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
"Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed."
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places-and there are so many-where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
"Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience."
"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. "
"The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth. Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson - that everything we do matters - is the meaning of the people's struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back."
~ Howard Zinn, 1922 - 2010.
Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org. Thank you all for the poems, songs and stories you have been sending; you'll see them here!
* Kill Tally
AMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2009-2010 Total: 1
2009-2010 Slaughter: 0
2009-2010 Hunt: 1
2009-2010 Quarantine: 0
2009-2010 Shot by Agents: 0
2009-2010 Highway Mortality: 0
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,703*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortalities