* Update from the Field
This week's Update is dedicated to our co-founder, sister, mother, grandmother, and leader.
Four of us traveled to South Dakota to see her off last weekend and were welcomed as family by her family, friends, community, and tiospaye. We walked the beautiful prairies where she lived as a little girl, heard stories, learned about her activism and dedication to causes beyond the buffalo, and felt the power of her love in everyone present.
While the path ahead will be difficult without her, we were heartened and inspired by the passion and commitment of those closest to her to pick up where she left off and lend their voices, prayers, energy, and lives to the fulfillment of her life's work: stopping the slaughter and permanently protecting the last wild buffalo.
For the Buffalo,
Buffalo Field Campaign
* TAKE ACTION: Park Service Proposes Permanent Bison Quarantine
Please comment by September 12 to stop a proposal to turn the domestication process of quarantining wild bison into an ongoing management practice.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Yellowstone is *not* accepting comments via email. Use our Take Action page for information and suggested talking points, but you will have to send your comments by traditional mail to Compliance Office, Attn: Yellowstone Bison Quarantine EA, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190, or through this web form. Please don't let this small inconvenience stop you from making your voice heard!
* BFC West Coast Road Show Dates
BFC's Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease will be hitting the road in September and October for a road show to Washington, Oregon, and California to share music, stories, video, and activism inspired by the Yellowstone bison. He'll be joined by musicians Goodshield and Mignon Geli for what promise to be a handful of very special events. Please join BFC if you live in or near the towns linked below. Email Mike for more details or to help promote these events.
Calendar of West Coast Road Show events -- if you are on FaceBook, please share info on events in your region. Thank you!
* Join Buffalo Field Campaign in Helena for Brewers Baseball Game
This Saturday Buffalo Field Campaign will be the featured nonprofit when the Helena Brewers take on the Great Falls Voyagers at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena, MT.
BFC co-founder Mike Mease will throw the opening pitch, BFC's famous "buffalloon" will be proudly displayed, and BFC will host an information table on BFC's work to protect the last wild buffalo.
Gates open at 6pm and the game begins at 7:05. BFC has a limited number of tickets to give to Campaign supporters. Contact Tara firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets and for more information.
* 2015 Wild Bison Calendars & BFC Newsletter Now Available
Order your 2015 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendar now!
We are very pleased to announce that BFC's 2015 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendar is now available! As you have come to expect, this 2015 Wild Bison calendar is a joyous celebration of this awesome animal, with breathtaking photos, interesting facts, inspirational quotes and poetry, and beautiful artwork. We are thrilled to bring you more photos from some of the best photographers both familiar and new, including the incredible images you have come to love from Sandy Sisti, Pam Talasco, Ric Kessler and for the first time, largely featuring the fantastic photographs of Tom Mangelsen. Celebrate the Wild Buffalo of Yellowstone Country 365 days a year!
ORDER YOUR 2015 Calendar NOW!
Contact Tara to get stacks for distribution ~ help spread the word to save these herds!
Hot off the press! BFC's annual newsletter is now available. If you are on our postal mail list, you should be receiving your copy in the next couple weeks. If your address has changed recently, please let us know. BFC's annual newsletter is a terrific tool for outreach, containing a recap of the issue, news from the field season, accomplishments and challenges ahead, and take action items that allow you to be a strong voice for America's last wild buffalo. BFC newsletters provide a great way to introduce folks you know to the buffalo issue. We have scores of thousands of newsletters available and are happy to send you as many as you can place in and around your communities. Request a stack for coffee shops, libraries, community boards, special events, bookstores, friends, family and more. Please contact BFC's office coordinator, Tara, at email@example.com to get your copies today.
* Help Cut Firewood at BFC September 8 - 13
BFC's annual woodcut week is only two weeks away and we are in need of helpers. Please plan to join us at our headquarters near West Yellowstone as we haul, cut, and stack more than 30 cords of Douglas Fir to keep our field volunteers warm this winter. We will provide a place to stay and tasty meals. Please email or call Mike, firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 646-0070, if you are interested in helping.
* Musician Dana Lyons Performing at BFC During Wood Cut Week, September 11, 2014
Recording artist and eco-warrior, Dana Lyons, will perform a FREE CONCERT at Buffalo Field Campaign headquarters in West Yellowstone, Montana, on September 11th, during BFC's Annual Wood Cut Week! We are so excited about this really special occasion and are deeply honored that Dana will spend time with BFC and share his incredible music. Dana is probably best known for his awesome tune "Cows with Guns," and you may have also sung along to some of his other fantastic songs like "RV" and "Ride the Lawn."
So mark your calendars for BFC's Annual Wood Cut Week September 8-13, with a special performance by our friend Dana Lyons on September 11. Join BFC and Dana for some rewarding work that will keep BFC volunteers warm during southwest Montana's long winter months, terrific, inspiring music, and lots of fun and laughter to help the folks on the front lines working in defense of America's last wild buffalo!
Lodging and camping are available and delicious meals will also be provided. Bring friends and chain saws. Please contact Mike if you are able to join us.
* VOLUNTEER! Seeking Buffalo Warriors for Approaching Field Season
Buffalo Field Campaign has seasonal openings for field volunteers. We have opportunities for every season, but are in great need of folks during our field season which run from mid-November through May, and is when wild bison are migrating into Montana. Any buffalo within Montana's borders is in danger of being shot on sight, hazed, or captured and shipped to the slaughterhouse. All volunteers are provided room, board, gear, and training. We cater to most any dietary need and respect vegan and vegetarian diets. We are located in a warm log cabin by beautiful Hebgen Lake, just a few miles outside of West Yellowstone, Montana. Click on the button above or HERE to learn more and make your plans. See you on the front lines!
*By the Numbers
The last wild, migratory buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,000 individual animals, living in and around Yellowstone National Park. Wild, migratory bison are ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.
Total Buffalo Killed: 653
Government Capture: 359
Buffalo Released from Capture: 41
Tribal - ITBC Slaughter: 157
Tribal - CSKT Slaughter: 101
Tribal - Nez Perce Slaughter: 0
Died in Government Trap:
Died in Government Research Facility**: 1
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 31
Treaty Hunts: 291
Poached in Yellowstone: 3
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to APHIS Research Facility: 60
Shot by Agents:
Shot by Landowner: 2
Highway Mortality: 8
Cause of Death Unknown:
Total Killed in Previous Years*
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,891
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway deaths
**bison stolen from the wild and placed in APHIS research facilities (such as for GonaCon) have already been counted as being "eliminated from the population" so bison that have died in a government research facility are not reflected in the total.
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ Laura Gilpin
Life After Death
These things I know:
How the living go on living
and how the dead go on living with them
so that in a forest
even a dead tree casts a shadow
and the leaves fall one by one
and the branches break in the wind
and the bark peels off slowly
and the trunk cracks
and the rain seeps in through the cracks
and the trunk falls to the ground
and the moss covers it
and in the spring the rabbits find it
and build their nest
inside the dead tree
so that nothing is wasted in nature
or in love.
~ Laura Gilpin