* Update from the Field
Impressive close-up of a bull buffalo. Photo by BFC supporter Kim Kaiser.
After a long and wonderful journey talking with buffalo advocates, sharing stories, music, and video footage; seeing old friends and making new ones; Mike and Noah have returned safely to BFC headquarters. Many thanks to everyone who made our 2010 West Coast Road Show such a great success and welcomed us to your communities. Our buffalo family continues to grow!
BFC's cabins, tipis and yurt will soon be buzzing with activity as volunteers return or arrive for the first time to join us with the buffalo. BFC's unique front lines presence brings us face to face and heart to heart with the massive mammals we are working to protect. We have the honor of learning about the buffalo from the buffalo on their terms. Daily field patrols enable us to garner an up-close and personal understanding of the buffalo and the dynamic relationships they have with each other and the landscape, offering volunteers an intimate perspective into the lives of wild buffalo.
By closely observing their natural behaviors, monitoring their migration, and bearing eye-witness to state and federal management actions that fatally disrupt the buffalo's world, BFC enters into a unique relationship which enables us to be a strong voice for wild buffalo. Like no other group, the dedicated volunteers of BFC literally stand with the buffalo.
We welcome you to join us on the front lines. If you are unable to volunteer in person, your support from wherever you are makes it possible for us to continue defending the buffalo. There are many ways you can help no matter where you live, including:
* Grant BFC a wish from our Wish List
* Make a tax-deductible monetary donation
* Write Letters to the Editor of your favorite media
* Write, call and mail your members of Congress and other decision-makers involved with bison management
* Urge land managers to make land use decisions that help wild buffalo regain their native habitat
* Write President Obama and urge him to take action now
* Boycott beef
* Organize gatherings in your community to show BFC's video footage. Contact us for more information
* Spread the word to save these herds by sharing the buffalo's story on blogs, FaceBook, and other email lists
Buffalo Field Campaign is everyone, everywhere who cares about the last wild buffalo.
Thank you all for being with us for the buffalo.
* 2011 Wild Bison Calendars
You, your friends, family, and colleagues can celebrate wild bison 365 days a year with this breathtaking calendar featuring the photos of BFC supporters and volunteers. We are nearly sold out, so get your 2011 Wild Bison calendar today!
* Last Words ~ Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
"There are people who just don't want the buffalo to compete with cattle for the grass."
"No governor in Montana history has sent more bison to slaughter than this governor."
~ Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. The first quote is from the new film "Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison." The second quote is from a speech Schweitzer gave, on December 11, 2009, at the Montana Stockgrowers Association's annual convention.
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!
* By the Numbers
AMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2009-2010 Total: 7
2009-2010 Slaughter: 0
2009-2010 Hunt: 4
2009-2010 Quarantine: 0
2009-2010 Shot by Agents: 3*
2009-2010 Highway Mortality: 0
*Two bulls that were drugged by APHIS on 5/4/10 were shot by DOL
later that evening. One was shot by DOL on 7/13/10 for trying to free his imprisoned relatives at the Corwin Springs quarantine facility.
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,709*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality