* West Coast Roadshow Underway!
BFC's West Coast roadshow, featuring Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease and musicians Good Shield and Mignon Geli, is underway! We're covering most of the West Coast, from Bellingham, WA all the way south to Los Angeles, CA. We had a terrific event in Seattle, on September 21, hosted by Ten Club, Pearl Jam's official fan club. What an honor! And the legendary John Trudell will be honoring BFC again with a special fundraiser in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, October 5. Some shows are still being finalized and we will update info as it comes in. If you live in an area where a show is taking place, please feel free to get in touch with the contact person listed for that show, print and hang posters around your community, or simply tell as many friends as possible. Thanks for your endless support.
View the full BFC Road Show schedule. We look forward to meeting you in person this fall.
With the Buffalo,
* "In the Presence of Buffalo" Receiving Strong Reviews.
Order a Copy Today and Help Spread the Word.
"In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter", is the long-awaited book by BFC Director Dan Brister that was published in July by Graphic Arts Books. Reviews have been very positive (see links below), and the book has been selling well. "In the Presence of Buffalo" is a unique and inspiring work shedding light on the history and current management of wild buffalo, their deep relationship with First Nations, and the livestock industry's use of force to maintain control of vast expanses of public lands. Dan digs painfully deep at times as he weaves personal stories with those of the buffalo. The power of "In the Presence of Buffalo" comes directly from Dan's firsthand experiences and his powerful writing. Dan breathes new life into a traditional American theme. Everyone who values wild buffalo should have a copy of this book.
ORDER NOW via BFC's merch page and proceeds will directly benefit Buffalo Field Campaign's important work.
If you've already read it, please take the time to share your thoughts on Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere. The more people who read this book, the more informed, inspired, and widespread will be the buffalo's network of support.
from the Publisher's Weekly Review:
"...Brister stirs up frustration in this visceral portrayal of the wasting of one of our great natural resources...Brister presents a strong thorough argument but his book is more than just animal rights advocacy. It's a personal, cultural, political examination of the buffalo's place in a human world."
from one of the Amazon Customer Reviews:
"This book will break your heart, piss you off, and maybe – just maybe – inspire you to fight injustice and cruelty wherever you find it. 'In the Presence of Buffalo' is an American masterpiece."
from the Sonoron Connection Review:
"Dan's and the Buffalo Field Campaign's story is an inspiration to all of us who cherish wild creatures and shows that we can stand up against those who would destroy them. If this book doesn't move you to take action, nothing will. Perhaps the truth will set the Yellowstone buffalo free."
* BFC is Coming to New England
BFC Director Dan Brister is currently in the Northeast promoting his book "In the Presence of Buffalo" and sharing stories from his time in the field with America's last wild buffalo. He will be giving a few readings/book signings and visiting East Coast classrooms in the coming weeks. The following events are free and open to the public:
Thursday, October 3, 3:00pm-6:30pm
(Book Reading at 5:30pm)
346 Newbury Street
Saturday, October 12, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Harvest Gallery Wine Bar
776 Main Street, Rt 6A (behind the Dennis post office)
For more information or to bring Dan to your New England Community, please contact: email@example.com.
* 2014 Wild Bison Calendars Available
BFC's 2014 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendars are now available! This is the fourth year we've had the honor of working with our supporters through their photographs, art, and text to create a calendar that celebrates wild buffalo 365 days a year. Artists and photographers both familair and new are featured this year, and their fantastic work demonstrates their deep love of these gentle giants. These calendars are great for your home or office and make fantastic gifts.
* 2013/2014 Newsletters: Help BFC Spread the Word
Our 2014 print newsletter is loaded with updates, images, and actions you can take to help the buffalo. BFC's newsletter has something for everyone, whether you are new to the issue or a seasoned wild buffalo advocate. If your address has changed, if you would like to be added to our mailing list, or if you would like us to send you a stack of newsletters to distribute in your community, please contact our office coordinator, Rain, with your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-646-0070.
*By the Numbers
The last wild buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,600 individual animals, living in and around Yellowstone National Park. Wild bison are ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.
Total Buffalo Killed: 261
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died In Government Trap:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 25
Treaty Hunts: 218
Unknown Hunts: 5
Shot by Agents: 3
Highway Mortality: 7
Cause of Death Unknown: 3
Total Killed in Previous Years
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,256
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway deaths
*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration
BFC file photo. Click photo for larger image.
"[Dear Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks] Hello,
As you may know, my house is ground zero for Bison in the Gardiner Basin. I completely and strongly support allowing wild Bison year around in the Gardiner Basin. I have had large herds on my property many times and have not had any damage whatsoever. In my personal experience, the only Bison caused damage that I have seen is when they are hazed or moved too quickly. Leave them alone, and they cause no damage.
We live in a wild place and knowing how to live with wild animals is part of living here. Considering the general Gardiner Basin, claiming Bison are dangerous is not a valid argument. We have rutting elk and grizzly bears so how can Bison be singled out?
I have lost respect for the managing agencies. MT FWP and USFS should protect the area and it's animals, not be henchmen. The best thing Montana has going for it is it's wildness and it should be devotedly protected."
~ Fred Baker, Gardiner Basin resident and wild bison advocate, in his comments to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks supporting year-round habitat for the gentle giants.
Please send us your submissions for Last Words. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you've contributed! Keep them coming!