Photo by Aubrey Fite, BFC summer volunteer.
Working for Buffalo Field Campaign this summer has been one of the best experiences of my life. Having been a volunteer, and also volunteer coordinator during the field season, I always enjoy the work I do with BFC, but tabling in the park for me is the most rewarding. Being able to open peoples eyes to this issue is some of the most important work this organization has to do. There are so many visitors to Yellowstone who would have no idea how severely mismanaged the bison are. I also find it interesting the number of people who start out believing that there is no possible way that the Park Service would be inflicting such devastation on an animal it has been tasked to protect, but that is where the real rewards start. Being able to inform those people is the best part of the job. There is so many times where I talk to people who start out thinking that we must be exaggerating this issue. After a few minutes of talking they almost always realize that sadly we are not. Unfortunately, there are those few people who’s opinions on wildlife are so misguided that we can’t get through to them, but my hope is that the fact that they are willing to talk to us that maybe there is hope. Maybe one day they will be engaged in a similar debate and they will see that the “wildlife managers” don’t always do what’s best for the animals.
Photo by Aubrey Fite, BFC summer volunteer
With the Buffalo,
BFC Volunteer Coordinator