* Media Highlights for Buffalo in the News
Silencing the Thunder from Edward M. Roqueta on Vimeo.
Article: Bison and Boundaries: Can Yellowstone's signature mammal and the region's ranchers just get along?
Sierra Club Magazine, November/December 2013
Op-Ed: FWP Should Stop Free-Roaming Bison Plan
The Roundup, October 16, 2013
Article: Buffalo group allowed into Yellowstone to pray
Great Falls Tribune, October 16, 2013
* Many to Thank for Another Awesome Road Show!
I went from swimming in the ocean at Ventura Beach, to a snow covered lawn upon my return to West Yellowstone. I am once again home with the buffalo. For the last five weeks, I have had the honor of meeting so many great people and now is the time to thank you all. If I forget someone, please forgive me, as it has been a very long trip. To start, thank you to all of the people who made the road show possible by being part of it. Good Shield and Mignon Geli played music so lovely that people actually stayed to hear me talk about buffalo. My brother, Alex Berry, for running the table and navigating all the big cities I would otherwise still be lost in. Thanks!
Washington: Sharla, you are great and thank you for the fishing trip and your beautiful family from Grandmother Collen and Uncle Greg to your kids Ocean and Indigo. You made me feel special. My friend Tara, who housed us for many days in Seattle: Thank you. Tim Bierman and Ten Club (LINK), the Pearl Jam fan club, along with Matt and the Easy Street Records crew for making Seattle such a success. A special thanks to the eco-movement rock star Dana Lyons for putting us up in Bellingham. In Olympia, thanks to Deane, Traditions Cafe; Audrey, Alex and family; Rick and the Media Island; and the $75 food donation from the Olympia Food Co-op.
Oregon: Danielle and the Red and Black Cafe. Judy, you rock sister. Hawthorne Hostel, Friendly John, Urban Shaman and Alejandro and the Aztec dance group for a most memorable night. My dear friend Rodman and his new wife Teri for always giving me a home. Thanks Zack, Ronda and family for the barn down in the rain. Also Anne at Latitudes of Lavender. Ashland was a family reunion with my brother-from-another-mother Phoenix, Kelly and his beautiful family. Also a long lost friend Alice Dimicele (who could be on the tour next year), and new family member Michelle McAfee. Our family at the Sun Spirit farm for tearing out a wall in the barn so that the 60-mph winds could not stop the show: Brian, Mechelle and Jaia. All the great gifts donated from the community and Tonya, Keith, Bradford, Scott. Carla, the Janky Mallets and Sarah Tone. The last Oregon stop was once again with family: Thanks Dug and Frog, the Frog Farm Debbie and Steve.
California: Tony and yet another crazy evening. The Janky Mallets for helping with a second show. Lydia and the Sunflower Center and Jane for housing us. In Ukiah we had a BFC gathering with half of this coming season's coordinators: Peet, Demi, Dennis and Noah. A very special thanks to our new family members Pam, Tom, Leslie, and Don: Thanks for making the Ukiah event possible. Thanks to Allie and Greg, longtime BFCers. Also Diane, Mary, Carol, Happy Woman Jewelry, Saracina Vineyards, Napa Smith Brewery, Menaka, Joan, Ocean Harvest and Jessica. Ecology Center of Berkeley. Carrie, Chuck and Sarah, Eric and, of course, the one and only John Trudell! KP, thanks for getting us around and out of the big city and for giving us the honor of talking to 50 students at the Canyon School. Beth Rose, thanks for setting us up to talk to the students of UC-Davis. Anie and the Breathe, CA Building; and Jenny. Madonna and Pablo for always taking good care of us and the Tahoe Expedition Academy. Our one show in Nevada to our family at Patagonia in Reno: thanks Kim, you really are the greatest. The Stonehouse and Nico, Bill Jacobsen for the salmon coming back, Nina for the Water songs and Andrew for housing us. Teri for giving us a home for three nights in what is to me one of the most scary places in the world, L.A., you made it a joy. Froggys, Lisandra and Lance, the Buffalo story, the hummingbird drum and all the singers and Grace Gravity. Also Susan, Jonny, Deb and our newest volunteer Noel. Tia Chucha's Cultural Centre for making us feel at home. Coca the Elder, Bernice, Monique and the dance group for the songs to open our hearts in a new direction. Our last show was once again with our Patagonia family in Ventura. First off, to my dear friend Chipa Bro for a night on the beach and the culture of the ocean; you always make me feel at home. Bruce, Alie and the Ventura store staff for a great show. Lastly, the blanket woman of Patagonia who never lets us leave without the warm blankets to keep us warm all winter, thanks Rebecca.
I hope I did not forget too many of you, but know I am nothing but thankful for everything everyone does to help the buffalo. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. As always I am happy to be home and once again ready to stand with the buffalo. Thank you all for giving us the honor of doing so.
With the Buffalo,
* Vacation in Cabo San Lucas to Benefit BFC
Thanks to the generosity of longtime BFC supporter Tom Fellman, we will be holding a fundraising auction for a week-long stay (January 11-18, 2014) in an Oceanview Penthouse suite in Los Cabos, Mexico. Bidding will open on 10/31 and run until 11/14, 2013.
This majestic 3-bedroom Oceanview Penthouse Suite sits at the exquisite Hacienda del Mar Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. The master suite features a Jacuzzi and king-size bed, while two secondary bedrooms each have 2 queen size beds, each with their own private bathroom. Add the pullout sofa and this luxury suite easily sleeps 8 to 12 guests. This beautifully decorated suite offers air conditioning, TV, telephone, and a full kitchen with a microwave oven, stove, and refrigerator.
Click here to view the auction and photos of the resort.
Please share with those who might be interested in this winter getaway.
* "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."
* 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.
"Free-roaming bison have no place in modern Montana. We can’t turn back the clock two hundred years to a time before the land came into private ownership. I think the time is appropriate for all Montanans to look toward our Eastern Montana brothers and sisters and ponder for a moment whether we want to force free roaming Bison down their throats and across their private property."
~ Toby Dahl, Director of the highly conservative United Property Owners of Montana, from his recent opinion-editorial which appeared in The Roundup, an agri-business magazine.
Please send us your submissions for Last Words. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you've contributed! Keep them coming!