Buffalo Field Campaign is one of the best nonprofits I've ever supported. Never have I seen such a professional outfit run by such passionate volunteers and staff members. It's obvious that they put their funds into their work for the benefit of the buffalo and not to benefit themselves as you sometimes see with other nonprofits. BFC's mission is clear, and they live it every day, in the field, in the courtroom, in ACTION to make a real difference. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful nonprofit protecting America's last wild buffalo.
This organization has no integrity when dealing with people who do not fully agree with their positions. They utilize their membership to attack organizations and individuals by using false statements and when confronted for their actions place the blame on their membership by stating they can't control what individuals do. They act as an agitator yet do not accept responsibility for things they cause.
For many years I worked in another small conservation nonprofit in Montana and interacted regularly with many other conservation groups across the country, both large and small. I remain continually impressed with BFC's commitment to adhering to a core set of principles in how they conduct their work. Too many other conservation groups are willing to chase political expediency in order to claim hollow victories or allow funders to control and shape their missions and strategies. BFC has consistently remained true to its principles and puts its volunteers out there on the ground year-round. Several years ago a colleague of mine in one of the D.C.-based Big Greens led an effort to create national legislation to protect the Yellowstone bison. The bill had numerous congressional co-sponsors signed on. But at the 11th hour a number of other Big Greens withdrew their support thereby killing the bill. The reason? They believe there is only room for a certain number of green bills in Congress at one time, so they decided amongst themselves which ones would be their priorities and the excellent bison bill was one that they then dumped. This illustrates the difference between emphasizing politics over principle. Unlike some, BFC has never turned its back on the bison and consistently continues bearing witness to this beautiful animal's plight.
Over the years I have watched the tireless efforts of the people at the Buffalo Field Campaign in trying to end government persecution of the last vestige of this nation's original buffalo population. There is much competition for the land and ranching interests seem to be in the forefront getting in the way of every other creature. Please help BFC to continue their vital efforts by recognizing them as the great not-for-profit animal welfare organization that they are -- and thereby recognizing the need to preserve the Yellowstone buffalo without government harassment. Thank you for your consideration.
BFC has single-handedly brought one of the most important species-related issues to the public's attention - the annual hazing and slaughter of the last genetically pure, free roaming American buffalo herd. Not only is the federal and state governments stressing, maiming, killing, and moving these animals, but they are doing it with tax payer dollars. All the while many Americans may think that the government is protecting these species, when in fact they are not. They are also lying, saying that bison will transmit disease, yet this has never happened, but all the while, every year, they kill our wild bison. Yellowstone National Park is a refuge for the bison, but migrating animals such as the bison follow natural patterns of food supply and birthing areas, not political boundaries. YNP is too high in elevation to supply bison with enough food year-round, and has boundaries that do not take into consideration wildlife migration patterns, and so the bison migrate out of the park. During these times the government stampedes in with helicopters, horses and ATV's, forcing the bison to run for many, many miles. Calves die, legs break, animals drown, exhaustion sets in, laws are broken... Why? To invest in the cattle industry so that private cattle can graze on public land - our land - wildlife's land. Why, still today, are we "paying" private companies by giving them our public lands and our tax subsidies, to have their cattle overgraze and ruin these lands? The land gets tramped and this kills native grasses; without the grasses many species die out (snakes, rabbits, birds of prey, etc). Without the diversity of wildlife, plant species suffer, further reducing biodiversity of our public lands. Overgrazing causes erosion and topsoil depletion and pollutes waterways. Need I go on? Other wildlife are poisoned and killed, gophers, coyotes, wolves, and others are killed. PROTECT bison, protect OUR land, or corporations will simply take it over, overuse and deplete the natural resources and wildlife, keep the profits, and let us flip the bills, leaving us with barren lands. We all must invest in our private lands, no one will do this for us. There are only a handful of wild bison left; an American icon - a species that helps restore native prairies and meadows, a graceful animal you should see free roaming on our public lands. Help BFC help the bison - they are the only organization committed to this effort!
Buffalo Field Campaign is one of the wisest, most compassionate and caring organizations of dedicated people who truly understand the meaning of our place as human animals among other animals and all life on Earth. We are all related. We are all interdependent. We all share this small planet in an enormity of galaxies and an ancient universe, and our sacred responsibility as humans is to walk humbly and lightly on this Earth, to protect its life, to halt ANY destruction and the 7th extinction of biodiversity that we are now bringing about, and which will inevitably include our own, unless we wake up. As a lifelong "animal person," advocate and activist for human and environmental justice, as a cofounder and coordinator of a small nonprofit fair trade indigenous organization, I am honored to be able to speak personally and professionally on behalf of BFC. Working on a shoestring they are with the bison to be free. They understand. They care. The bison respond and migrate and follow their ancient paths, and together we can all live--from the tiniest microorganisms to the largest mammals--in Yellowstone, in the Northern Rockies, in this particular amazing ecosystem, wisdom and real science may intersect and prevail. And if it does, it's BFC who stands with the bison at its center. "But ask now the animals, and they shall teach you; and the birds of the sky, they will tell you. Or speak to the earth and it will teach you; and the fishes of the sea shall inform you." (—Job 12:7-8)
Review from Guidestar
The BFC is extraordinarily effective in protecting harrassed Yellowstone buffalo who roam out of Wyoming into Montana, and in bringing awareness to the reasons this happens and what can be done to help. My contacts with BFC workers (in person and over email) show them to be committed activists but, as importantly, approachable and polite who devote themselves in all conditions and climates to their goals.
A fantastic organization devoted to an issue that is outside of the mainstream, even among wildlife protection and animal rights groups.
I met the Buffalo field Campiagn (BFC) about a decade ago in Yellowstone National Park when I was working with a coyote/wolf study group, Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies. BFC was always there, in the field every day, tabling events and spreading the word. I met some of the volunteers and was inspired by their honesty and passion. With bare resources, they had some of the best eucational materials, and most educated and dedicated volunteers, I had ever met. An environmental activist, educator, and University instructor with 25 years experience, they continue to be one of the best groups I support. Simply and within their means, they educate the public about the American bison's struggle to survive and thrive human threats in thier native rangelands. With so few truly wild, genetically pure bison left in America, they work all the harder to protect, advocate for, educate about, and stand alongside the bison. They are involved on all levels, from escorting bison across dark paved highways from car collisions, to educational booths, to attendance at political meetings, to involvement in litigous and celabratory activities, they stand true. This, they do from the ground. With wool hats and armfulls of firewood, withstanding whiteout blizzards and frostbite, they are in the field with cameras, peacefully and without confrontation, documenting the atrocities and crimes against a fellow creature with no voice. There is no greater and no purer work than that done by the BFC. Please support them.