* Roam Free! Summer Outreach and Service to the Land
Clarence, Don, and James do the land a great service by removing another mile of barbed wire fence from lands where the buffalo roam. Photo by Mackenzie Daignault, Buffalo Field Campaign. Click for larger image.
One of the most satisfying and important ways we help the land, the buffalo, and other wildlife is in removing barbed wire fences. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to take down miles of “devil’s hair,” dangerous trash left behind by ranchers who abused our public lands by grazing livestock. We pride ourselves on our “off-fence, de-fence” projects. Last week, another mile of land was freed after BFC volunteers helped a local West Yellowstone resident remove yet another a barb wire fence, enabling buffalo and other local wildlife to move freely through more of the landscape.
Visit BFC's table to learn about the buffalo, and stand with our buffaloon for a safe buffalo "selfie." BFC photos by Tara Ashmore and Mackenzie Daignault, respectively. Click for larger images.
During the summer months, buffalo are relatively safe in Yellowstone. The large herds are gathered together throughout the Lamar and Hayden Valleys for the rut (or mating season) in awesome family reunions. While the big, mature bulls are tending to numerous females and buffalo families are keeping each other close and safe, our time is freed up to do outreach. For the past two months, as we do every summer, we’ve been hosting an information table inside Yellowstone National Park, sharing the buffalo’s story and empowering people to advocate on their behalf. Recently, we’ve been tabling in the town of West Yellowstone, teaching people how to be safe around wild buffalo, something that seems to be a challenge for many park visitors. The dangers of taking those infamous “selfies” with wild buffalo are widely known, but we have an alternative: our giant buffaloon. Come on by and take your "safe bison selfie" with him! You can get as close as you want, and he won’t mind a bit.
There is no time to be idle at BFC. Summer is very busy for us, as the snow-free ground allows us to complete projects — like our maintenance garage — at campaign headquarters, gather, cut, and stack wood for the coming field season, host school groups, catch up on video projects, do intense outreach, and numerous other things. As our tabling season in Yellowstone winds down, BFC co-founder Mike Mease is gearing up for our annual West Coast Road Show. See below for more information on what’s keeping us busy and how you can help spread the word to save the herds!
Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
* THANKS to YOU, BFC's Maintenance Garage Nearly Complete
We’d like to give a special shout out to all the people who helped with our garage project. Generous donations were made by Leon Aliski, Kerby Ann, and Howard Gleeson. We’d also like to give Bill big thanks for donating the insulation we needed. Bill, who is from Idaho Falls, has been following our work since visiting our outreach table in Yellowstone over ten years ago. When he saw our please for construction supplies he answered right away! And huge thanks to all the folks who did the work to move and rebuild the garage: Peaches, Scott, Felix, Tony, Greg, Michelle, James, Don, Clarence, Matt from the UK and Max from Germany! Thank you so much for helping us complete this project before winter.
With the Buffalo,
* 2016 West Coast Road Show Schedule
It is that time again for the BFC annual West Coast Road Show. This year's tour will start in Washington state and end in California. Check the schedule to see if we'll be near you! Mignon Geli will be playing her beautiful and inspiring native flute music on the whole tour and other musicians will join along the way. If we are coming to your community please help spread the word. Print up posters from our web site, invite your friends, and of course don't forget to come yourself. This is my chance to come thank you all in person for giving me the honor to live with and fight for the buffalo.
With the Buffalo,
* Join BFC for Wood Cut Week, September 5 - 9, 2016
Join BFC for our annual Wood Cut Week, September 5 - 9. Please join us at our headquarters near West Yellowstone as we haul, cut, and stack the wood that will keep our field volunteers warm this winter. We will provide a place to stay and tasty meals.
Please email or call Mike, email@example.com or (406) 646-0070 if you are interested in helping.
* BFC Attends Ft. Belknap Pow Wow
For the past two years, BFC has had the incredible honor of being invited to attend the Ft. Belknap Pow Wow, by our wonderful friends Catcher Cuts the Rope and his amazing family. This year, Eric Leutzinger and I had the privilege of attending. Being amidst a culture who honors the buffalo as relatives and life-givers held in high esteem is amazing. The Pow Wow is stunning. The bright colors, designs of regalia, ground-shaking drums, electrifying singing, and listening to indigenous language show how powerful and alive the traditional culture of the Aaniiih and Nakoda People is. Traditional ways are becoming stronger.
We brought good, organic food for everyone, grown at the Great Divide Farm run by buffalo family Kasi and Jesse Crocker, and we brought lots of information and stories about Buffalo Field Campaign. The Aaniiih and Nakoda were sharing their Pow Wow with us, so it only felt right to contribute in some way, and to give something back. Cuts the Rope explained how important the Give Away is. We brought salad wraps to several camps, passed out oatmeal cookies, and served dinner in honor of the last wild buffalo, which consisted of a delicious, thick potato soup, burritos, and other tasty, sustaining food donated by Jesse and Kasi. Sharing food is an opportunity to open up doors to more sharing. People shared their beautiful stories with us and we told them what we know about what the buffalo have to go through. We explained the alarming circumstances that surround the hunt at the Yellowstone National Park border. We asked for help and encouraged many people to volunteer at the campaign. We also learned about traditions, people, and the land. The Aaniiih and Nakoda have been fighting to keep their water pure and land healthy for quite some time, and continue to do so.
We are grateful for the opportunity to visit Ft. Belknap and to attend the Pow Wow. It taught us more than I can describe here. Our original encounter with Catcher Cuts the Rope has blossomed into something powerful, and we have learned so much from Catcher, his family, and his people. Taking the right steps, celebrating successes and sharing the path with others so we can all envision and create a better world is what we need to do. We will do it repeatedly until the buffalo are back on the land and nature is restored.
~ Natalie Margolis
* Wild Bison 2017 Calendar: Get Yours Today, Retail or Wholesale!
Celebrate wild buffalo every day of the year with our seventh annual Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendar. This year's edition is the most wonderful exploration yet of this country’s largest land mammal. Featuring stunning photos from generous professional photographers and BFC patrols, our 2017 calendar also features incredible artwork, interesting facts, and beautiful poetry and quotes.
All proceeds from the calendar go directly to BFC’s front lines work defending and protecting America’s last wild buffalo. Support our work to help these gentle giants as you celebrate wild buffalo every day!
Fall in love with the buffalo and strengthen your resolve to help protect them! ORDER HERE or click the photo below!
2017 Calendars Now Available at Wholesale Prices!
For the first time, we are offering calendars at wholesale prices to those of you who want to purchase in bulk. Please help us help the buffalo and help yourself in the process!
Do you own a small business? Does your friend, or neighbor or family member? Maybe you are part of another organization that needs some help fundraising? We want to offer you the opportunity to help us help the buffalo while also helping yourself by offering our 2017 calendar at the wholesale price to those who want to help us spread the word to protect the herds!
Minimum order is 10 calendars for $70 plus $13.45 priority S&H ($83.45 total). The calendars sell retail for $12.95 so this deal would make you or your organization almost $50! But the more you order the better it gets!
20 calendars for $120 plus $13.45 priority S&H ($133.45 total) can result in a profit of $125.55
30 calendars for $180 plus $13.45 priority S&H ($193.45 total) can result in a profit of $195.05
40 calendars for $240 plus $13.45 priority S&H ($253.45 total) can result in a profit of $264.55
View our wholesale sheet HERE.
Please send your check or money order, the number of calendars you want to order, and your USPS shipping address to:
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
If you are interested in ordering more than 40 please contact Tara at 406-646-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will figure out the shipping costs!
As always, we are deeply grateful for all your help!
* Help Spread the Word! Distribute BFC's 2016-2017 Newsletter
If you're on our mailing list, you'll be receiving our latest print newsletter in the next few weeks. If you're not, and would like us to send you one or more (for distribution in your community) please let us know. If your address has changed, or if you are new and would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Tara at email@example.com.
We need your help in spreading the word to save the wild buffalo herds! If you would like us to send you a stack of newsletters to place around your community, Tara can help you. Shipping can be costly, so please let Tara know an exact number that you are able to distribute and she will happily get them to you ASAP!
* TAKE ACTION! Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied
1. One of the most important things that can help mitigate buffalo-vehicle collisions is the implementation of safe passage infrastructure, which involves constructing bridges or underpasses that buffalo and other wildlife can use to cross the dangerous road without ever having to step foot on the asphalt. Examples of the enormous success safe passage has for wildlife are growing in the U.S., Canada, and other countries around the world. What better place for wildlife safe passage than on the edge of Yellowstone National Park? Please join us in urging the state of Montana to provide wildlife safe passage in this key migration corridor.
2. Montana Governor Steve Bullock needs to feel the pressure from everyone who cares about wild, migratory buffalo, enough pressure that he has no other choice but to help repeal MCA 81-2-120, the law that is driving the nefarious actions against America's last wild buffalo. Please contact Governor Bullock today, and everyday, demanding he change the status quo for wild bison in Montana by repealing MCA 81-2-120 and rejecting the government's alternatives in the newly proposed Montana-Yellowstone Bison Management Plan.
3. Help change the status quo for wild buffalo by urging your members of Congress to support BFC’s alternative to “Manage Wild Bison Like Wild Elk in Montana."
4. Submit Letters to the Editor in support of BFC's alternative to “Manage Wild Bison Like Wild Elk in Montana,” the only alternative that respects wild buffalo and their right to roam their home
* Save Yellowstone Grizzly Bears
Yellowstone grizzly bear, known to some as Big Sam. Photo by Tom Peek. Click for larger image.
Buffalo Field Campaign stands in solidarity with efforts to keep Yellowstone grizzly bears protected under the Endangered Species Act. Please join us in supporting Doug Peacock, Dr. Jane Goodall, Jeff Bridges, and many others in urging President Obama to keep federal protections for Yellowstone’s imperiled grizzlies intact.
Visit HERE to learn more and take action.
* Donations Made in Memory & Honor of Wild Buffalo Advocates
Jason Thompson in memory of Caralee Thompson
Delyth Kitch in memory of Walter Jones
Susan Biggs in honor of Gran
Walter & Laura Meier in memory of Tavi and Gracie
Toby Ann Reese in memory of Dr. Michael Reese
John Guenther in memory of STOP THE BASTARDS!!!
Peter Mulshine in memory of Trygg Lieng
* By the Numbers
The last wild, migratory buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,300 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: 603
Government Capture: 150
Held for Quarantine or Slaughter: 49
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Tribal - ITBC, CSKT, & Sho-Ban Slaughter: 101
Died in Government Trap:
Died in Government Research Facility**:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 28
State “Damage" Hunts:
Treaty Hunts: 349
Unknown Hunts: 1
Wounded by Hunters & Shot by FWP/NPS or Died in Park: 51
Poached in Yellowstone:
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to APHIS Research Facility:
Shot by Agents:
Shot by Landowner:
Shot by Idaho:
Highway Mortality: 16
Cause of Death Unknown:
Elk shot under treaty right: 55
Total Killed in Previous Years*
Total Killed Since 2000: 6,237
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ No Dakota Access Pipeline!
Buffalo Field Campaign stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sacred Stone Camp, and all the People who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We say “no” to the pipe line! Protect the water and make way for the return of wild, migratory buffalo!
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