* Update from the Field
No longer on the landscape, this lovely buffalo and her family have been forced out of their native Montana habitat by relentless and aggressive government sponsored livestock politics. BFC file photo by Stephany.
It's been wet, cool and relatively quiet in the land of the last wild buffalo. Since we last wrote, buffalo have been given a much-needed reprieve from the relentless hazing they suffered for nearly two straight months. The majority of wild buffalo have been forced to move and are now within Yellowstone.
Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers are there too. Our summer outreach season began this week with dedicated volunteers braving the snow and rain to talk with park visitors about how the Park Service, the Montana Department of Livestock and collaborating agencies hurt America's last wild bison population. BFC is looking for volunteers to help with our summer outreach program. If you've ever wanted to spend time inside Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and help tell the buffalo's story, please contact us at volunteer"at"buffalofieldcampaign.org.
If you can't make it to Yellowstone country but still want to help spread the word in your community, please contact us about receiving multiple copies of this years' newsletter, which you can hand out to friends, place in coffee shops, and distribute in other ways. Every year we have at least one new volunteer who was drawn to BFC because of a random encounter with a newsletter; it really does make a difference. The newsletter will be mailed next week.
While visitors to Yellowstone National Park are enjoying the company of wild buffalo and Yellowstone's other natural treasures, the Park Service is making plans to further jeopardize the buffalo's wild integrity. Yellowstone has released a lengthy Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that unfortunately could open the way for the Park to shoot wild bison with a livestock brucellosis vaccine. Vaccinating wild buffalo is an ill-conceived and wasteful plan which would continue to jeopardize the wild integrity of bison by mismanaging them like livestock. The plan puts wild buffalo in unacceptable harm and must not be allowed. BFC has been carefully reading through the DEIS, and will be sending a special Update to make it easy for you to formulate and submit your own comments, which are being accepted through July 26, 2010. If you don't want to wait, you can submit your comments via the Park Service's web form and you can find BFC's general information about why vaccinating wild buffalo is wrong within these pages, and you can always email us with questions you may have. Otherwise, stay tuned!
Thank you for being with us for the buffalo!
* THEY'RE HERE! Wild Bison 2011 Calendars!
Wild Bison 2011 Calendars are available, but going fast - get yours today!
After many months of soliciting photos, basking in the beauty of the images you have shared with us, and having the difficult job of choosing the finalists for this years' calendar, it has happened: your encouragement, submissions, and contributions made it possible for BFC to create the first-ever calendar dedicated to the majesty of the wild buffalo.
Wild Bison 2011 calendars are already going very fast, so please get yours today!
All of the photos in the calendar were taken by Buffalo Field Campaign supporters and volunteers. The calendar is decorated with incredible artwork, poetry, quotes, interesting facts about buffalo, and powerful, endearing images that are sure to deepen your current love-affair with buffalo, or enchant people meeting them for the first time. Wild Bison 2011 is a celebration of North America's largest land mammal.
Buffalo Field Campaign would like to thank each and every one of you who submitted photos and gave us the inspiration to do this project. It has been an incredible journey to see the buffalo through your eyes and images. And it has been a blessedly positive project. Too often the dark images of harm caused to the buffalo entraps us in our work to protect them, so we took great pleasure in the many hours looking through your positive photos of our shaggy friends in all of their aspects. So far it has been more successful than we could have imagined, and we fully intend to carry on every year. So, get a Wild Bison 2011 calendar today for yourself, your friends and your family members. If you know of businesses that might have interest in selling them, please contact Mike. If you're planning a trip to Yellowstone this year, take high-resolution, large-megapixel photos that you can submit for next year's calendar. If you already have some you'd like to submit for the next calendar, please send them to Stephany. We are working on creating an easy web-based repository where you can upload photos throughout the year.
BFC's heartfelt and deepest thanks to our supporters for making Wild Bison 2011 Calendars a reality. Thanks to Russ Fishback for igniting the spark to get this project going! Special thanks to Roger and Jim at Art & Images Creative Resources in Missoula, Montana, for their design expertise, love for the buffalo, and for taking on the calendar's publication. Many thanks also to BFC's Mike Mease and Dan Brister for their endless dedication to the buffalo and for taking the chance on producing Wild Bison 2011!!
* Happy Father's Day this Sunday!
Buffalo Field Campaign would like to wish all the fathers, father-figures, big brothers, fathers-to-be, and inspirational men out there a very Happy Father's Day this Sunday!
* Last Words
Many wish us gone;
But we go on - we go on-
Love is the answer.
~ By Iris, buffalo lover and BFC supporter.
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 BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2009-2010 Total: 6
2009-2010 Slaughter: 0
2009-2010 Hunt: 4
2009-2010 Quarantine: 0
2009-2010 Shot by Agents: 2*
2009-2010 Highway Mortality: 0
*Two bulls that were drugged by APHIS on 5/4/10 were shot by DOL
later that evening.
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,708*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality