* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Are Going Fast- Order Today!
2013 is fast approaching; do you have your Wild Bison calendar yet? Buy some for yourself, your friends, and your family and support Buffalo Field Campaign in the process!
* Update from the Field
A bull buffalo struggles to break trail. We don't have this much snow on the ground yet, but winter is coming. BFC file photo. Click photo for larger image.
Winter has finally arrived in West Yellowstone. Patrols aren't on skis just yet but snow has finally started to accumulate and temperatures have dropped to refreshing levels. Hebgen Lake has started to freeze and now wears a thin mantle of white.
Field patrols are out on the landscape morning until dark, monitoring migration corridors, but there is still no sign of buffalo in Montana. They are laying low and avoiding hunters. Though we sorely miss being in their company, we are grateful that they are keeping themselves alive.
This week, BFC has been blessed with the return of buffalo family members Jimmy St. Goddard, next hereditary chief and Sacred Paint Gatherer for the Blackfeet Nation, and his powerful son Natosi. Jimmy works tirelessly to bring the plight of the buffalo to the forefront within his own Tribe, in Congress, and throughout Indian Country, as he was instrumental in the enactment of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leadership Council resolution calling on Montana and federal agencies to halt all harm to the sacred buffalo. Last spring, on Sunday, April 29th, Jimmy held a ceremony with BFC members, creating a medicine wheel near the base of Horse Butte. Today we will return to this sacred site and rededicate ourselves to the service of the buffalo nation, remember and sing for those buffalo that have been sorrowfully, unjustly killed, and offer prayers of intent so wild buffalo will thrive once again!
Hope is in the heartbeat of the buffalo.
Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
* BFC Needs Your Help to Protect 400 Female Buffalo!
Government agencies are planning on killing more than 400 female buffalo this winter and spring. We need your help to stop them from doing so.
Right now we are working in the field, in the courts, and in Congress to call attention to the government's plans and to avert the slaughter. Like we did in 2011 when your emails and phone calls to the Governor's office and Yellowstone Park headquarters helped prevent the slaughter of 800 captured buffalo, we will succeed in protecting these buffalo. But we can not do it without you.
You can help by clicking this button to keep BFC strong and well-equipped in our fight for America's last wild bison. Contributions are tax-deductible and will directly fund BFC's frontlines buffalo protection work.
Please keep reading for other creative ways to support Buffalo Field Campaign while giving the most meaningful of gifts this Holiday season.
Thank you for caring about the buffalo.
Buffalo Field Campaign
* Only Two Days Left to Give the Gift of Wild Bison!
For a minimum donation of $20, send a gift of wild bison to the recipient(s) of your choice! Your family member, friend, or loved-one will receive a "Keep Yellowstone Buffalo Wild and Free" notecard with your personal greeting and signed by members of BFC's current field crew, including co-founder Mike Mease.
They'll also receive a 4"x6" print of Sandy Sisti's stunning snow-encrusted buffalo.
We will hand write your personalized greeting in each card along with the words:
"_______________ has made a generous contribution to Buffalo Field Campaign as a gift in your honor. This contribution will directly fund BFC's field patrols and advocacy work on behalf of America's last wild bison."
When you send a card to the special people in your life you are also funding the work of BFC as we protect and defend America's last wild bison.
Please be sure to fill out the order form completely, including your personal message and the address of the card recipient, in the box below the zip code field.
Orders must be received by Friday, December 14 to ensure delivery before the 25th.
* Bidding Closes Today on Autographed Pearl Jam Posters!
Attention Pearl Jam fans and BFC supporters! Check out these incredible buffalo posters donated by Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam and signed by the entire band to raise money for Buffalo Field Campaign.
BIDDING CLOSES TODAY at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Click below to place your bid, and share far and wide to help us raise some much-needed funds to support our buffalo-protection work for this coming winter!
LAST CHANCE TO PLACE YOUR BID!
Thank you Pearl Jam and thank you to everyone who has been bidding!!!
* BFC Wish List Featured Item: Gaiters
The snow has finally arrived, and we're getting more every day. To help keep our volunteers dry in the field, we like to have a supply of gaiters on hand. Our current inventory is looking a bit low and in disrepair, so at this time we are asking for gaiters, especially large sizes that will fit well over pack boots and thick wool pants.
Thank you so much for all of your support!
* By the Numbers
The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 4,300 individual buffalo. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.
Total Buffalo Killed: 31
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died In Government Trap:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Treaty: 1
Treaty Hunts: 30
Shot by Agents:
Total Killed in Previous Years
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,039
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway mortality
* Last Words: Buffalo Inspiration
Where Does Nature Begin?
Tell the bison not to go
where they have always been,
instruct the elephants to read
and yield their ancient memories
of where the water is.
Force wolves and bears to learn
the boundaries that have never been-
the ink that lies unseeable
between this tree, that blade of grass.
Teach them all to read the maps
that are invisible. Make them know
what is not real, does not exist
for moon or stars, and stubborn as they are
kill them for not learning
what we will not share.
...for the bison and wolves of the Yellowstone ecosystem and Northern Rockies, for the trees and plants and rocks, for the elephants and orangutans, for the bees and the gorillas, the butterflies and birds, for the voles and nematodes, for the frogs and salamanders and the bats, for the otters, dolphins, whales, and polar bears, for the turtles and the coral and the krill, for the plankton and the leopard, for the beetles and the worms, for the waters, earth, and air...
~ Carol Snyder Halberstadt, © February 3, 2010
If anyone has submissions for Last Words just send them to us. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you have been sending! Keep them coming!