Schedule--The first ever BFC East Coast Road Show starts Wednesday
night at 7pm with a show at the Washington, DC Patagonia store.
During the months of October and November we'll visit communities
from North Carolina to Vermont to share buffalo stories and gather
support for their protection.
Here's the schedule:
--West Coast Thank You's--
Finally the wheels of "Running on Empty," the Suburban
donated to the Buffalo Field Campaign by Jackson Browne and used
on our West Coast road show, rolled home to Montana. The last few
days have grounded us again, back home with the buffalo. I set my
tipi up the other day and have been busy gathering firewood ever
After talking about buffalo for the last five weeks all over the
Rockies and West Coast it is refreshing to be blessed again with
their presence. I sit here now reflecting on all of the new family
members, friends, experiences and adventures the tour brought. We
met so many wonderful people along the way that it would be impossible
to thank them all. The following list is an attempt. Forgive me
in advance if I've forgotten your name, I may be forgetful but I
am most grateful. Know your help is appreciated--without it there
will be no change.
A crucial component of this Roadshow was made possible by: Jan Hartke,
Nancy P., Gene Stilp, The Fund for Animals, and The Humane Society
of the United States. These great people and groups enabled us to
purchase the 25 foot inflatable buffalo that touched so many lives
and drew such amazing crowds along the way. Thanks to Ad-Art Imaging,
Mr. Roger Parchens, Big Bear Sign Co., Jim O. and HIP Inc. &
Jim Coefield for your persistent support.
Thanks to Jim Morris & Environmental T-shirt Company for fronting
us the t-shirts to pay for the shows; Stephanie and Dave for all
the set-ups and the place in Denver; Shannon & Phil for your
never ending giving; Mike & Brenda for opening your house to
us; Vox Femina for your great work and the video projector; Possum
Logic, Canine Unit, John McKay, Bruce Lish, Dave Solzberg &
sound and support crews--without music what is life? Thanks to Becca,
Amber, Brodie and Josh--you are family for life; Old Main Theatre
and the Peace & Justice Center all your work is so needed, Utah
Philips you are an inspiration, Food not Bombs so that no one goes
hungry, Melissa & Higher Ground Music video taping and Betty
your great work and the use of your fancy cell phone.
Denver: Thanks to Allyson Stone for sharing your wonderful students
and bringing them up to camp for a week in December; Allison for
your work with the kids and with the buffalo; Dan H. we are brothers
for life; Jill for helping to spread the word; and to the Mecury
Café and Larimer Street Market for hosting us.
Thanks to Alyssa & Chris for setting everything up and sharing
your home with us; to the staff at the Tempe Buffalo Exchange store
and to Michelle Livingston for driving all the way to meet us and
for all of your work to help save the buffalo and spread the word.
Thanks to Doug & Cheryl; Thanks to Beth and The Buffalo Field
Campaign Support Group of San Diego. It is always a pleasure to
spend time with you. Thanks to all our long lost volunteer help
along the tour, to Mission Trails Regional Park and to "the
Kid brother from another mother."
A huge thanks to the two long-time supporters who came and gathered
petition signatures for hours. I'm so sorry I can't remember your
names but thanks none the less and thanks also to the Long Beach
Farmer's Market and the market manager.
Thanks Jay and your housemates for treating us like family and spoiling
us rotten, please come out and let us return the favor; thanks Jen
just for being you; Cynthia thanks for your heart and buffalo energy;
Patty the petition queen, you rock; Magic Man Greg for all of your
help and video work and thank you Darlene.
Thanks Patagonia & Albert, Shawn, Brian and Julia, Lauren for
all of your support for all the years we have been around, Deb &
Carol & Tom of the Guacamole Fund what can I say other than
family for life , Jackson Browne and Cree, Buddha, CJ & Dianna,
Donald for always being there for the buffalo, and thanks to the
wonderful community farmers market.
Ventura: Thank you Yvon, Michael, Shannon, Lisa, Marty, Julie Chippa
Bro, Patagonia and staff for helping in every direction and for
running the most admirable business I have ever seen.
Oxnard: Thank you Desiree, Oxnard Farmer's Market and the watermelon
eating contest folks!
San Luis Obispo: Darren thank you for your hospitality and compassion,
keep strong and know you are in our hearts and prayers. Thank you
Marinda and Malike, our new family; San Luis Obispo public library.
At this point of the show we were joined by BFC board members Sue
and Darrell. Thanks for meeting up with us and for making the tour
so successful. Thanks to Ernest Callenbach for presenting with us
at the Berkeley Ecology Center show and the Foundation for Deep
Ecology show. We look forward to working with you in the future.
It was a true honor to meet the Callenbach family. Thank you for
keeping the vision alive. Thanks Beck for all your help; all the
great farmers' market staff and vendors; the Ecology Center for
making everything happen, Kristen & Kevin & Manny my dear
sister and brother in law, now Kevin you know the true meaning of
brother in law, thanks for always being there. Thanks Alex, Allisun
& Alisia you teach us the meaning of family; Sylvia for bailing
us out once again and your love of the buffalo; Karen Pickett for
all that you do and make happen you are always in our thoughts;
Ann D. the wildcat, we will make a difference together; the Couperus
Family where do I start, just please always keep up your ways because
they are truly an inspiration to the world, and we love you; Casandra
and the fish guy at the Menlo Park Farmers Market and the buffalo-
supporting manager of the market, Nimond; thanks Benson's Radiator
for fixing our car and keeping us on the road and Brenda & Ricky
& Jesse Schwartz & Living Tree Community Foods--our bellies
thank you already, Carolyn - supreme petition gatherer!, Bay Area
Foundation for Deep Ecology & Tracee for organizing a show every
time we come to the area. Thanks Sandy.
Thank you Kim and the great high school class
Thanks to Chris Skyhawk our family beach side and the Fort Brag
Sacred Grounds Coffee--Beth & the wonderful staff; the North
Coast Environmental Center & Tim thanks for being there; Felony
for your endless energy.
Thank you Hemp Foods, Sundog, Amber & the lil' one, please come
home soon; Thanks to The Tribal Stomp.
Anna thank you for making it happen; Lesley, Nuwandart Gallery;
The Co-op; James; Caynor for all of your help along the way; Heartsong
Chai LLC, Eddy
Griz your love for the buffalo sparked min--thanks for the guidance.
Thank you Scott, Clary and Wiggy; Rain, Tatiana & Ivory; the
People's Food Co-op; Liberty Hall; Greg & Beth for all of your
work and photos, come visit, Roselle & Sarah however brief it
is always a pleasure.
Kris & Saxon home again thanks; Jim Flynn blue berry dreams;
Jim B & Melissa for putting us up and free radio, Dan, Cosmic
Pizza, Lisa & Luca for a newfound smile and Bear & Familia.
Brenna & family nice to reunite and we will see you this Winter;
Central Oregon Community College; and Josh.
Missoula: Thank you Katherine and Lance at Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers
our other half and the University of Montana, my alma mater.
6,000 miles later I am glad to be home, but I will never forget
any of you.
32,000 newsletters, 5,000 petition signatures, 2,000 bumpers stickers
were distributed along the way. The message has been delivered,
"Spread the word, Save the Yellowstone Buffalo Herd!!!"
Back With the Buffalo,
Mike Mease &
* Last Words
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."