BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN
April 23, 2010
In the nightmare, I’m on the north side of the Madison River, just west of Yellowstone National Park. A thick, grey fog obscures everything but the ground at my feet. My heart sinks as I hear the sound of high powered rifles and the pounding of heavy hooves in the distance. Suddenly, a massive bull buffalo charges from the mist and pins me against a pine tree. I’m not hurt, but am stuck between his horns and the tree. I’m helpless as the slaughter approaches, hearing and feeling the earth shake as many buffalo are killed and fall to the ground. I awake in a pool of sweat and realize that I was dreaming. Slowly, too, I realize that I am safe and warm in the lodge at the Buffalo Field Campaign. I can hear the soft breathing and occasional snores of the other volunteers sleeping around me. In reality, the senseless slaughter of the buffalo continues, but my hope lies in these volunteers. They come from all over the world, old and young alike, to answer the call for help.
Soon we will rise and head into the field, into the offices, into the schools, the courtrooms, the street rallies, anywhere that we can advocate and educate about how important these last wild American buffalo truly are. Some can only come for a weekend, others have devoted their lives, but all who have been blessed to be in the presence of wild buffalo are changed by the experience. For every volunteer who comes to Yellowstone to brave the cold and bear witness to this harsh injustice there are thousands more who work and support from afar. I am hopeful because I can see that together we are making progress. Slow, painful and bittersweet at times, but progress nonetheless. With the stubborn persistence of buffalo headed into a winter storm, our numbers grow, our collective voice becomes louder. I can feel it now, like a huge wave growing in the ocean, we are poised. Wide awake, our dream of the return of wild buffalo and justice for the native cultures that cherished them begins to take form. Together, with dedication, hard work, and a boundless hope, we will make this dream reality.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Saving the lives of America's last wild buffalo herd. BFC uses every tool in the box to advocate for the buffalo. The field presence is critical to so many groups and people who care....but they work in every arena to get the job done.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
The people at BFC are extremely dedicated and literally give their lives to help the buffalo.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I worked for seven years at BFC and serve on the Board of Directors.