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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Film & Video, Land Resources Conservation, Unknown, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Since 2000, state and federal agencies have engaged in the wanton slaughter of nearly 6,000 Yellowstone bison, members of America's only continuously wild and genetically pure herd. Buffalo Field Campaign patrols defend the buffalo and their critical habitat, and document every move made against them.

Target demographics: America's only continuously wild population of free-born bison

Geographic areas served: Yellowstone country: in Montana and Yellowstone on the buffalo's chosen habitat

Programs: Frontlines defense of yellowstone bison - buffalo field campaign's core program is the operation of daily field patrols along bison migration corridors near the boundaries of yellowstone national park. Patrols operate during the times of year when bison are in montana. Voluteers equipped with still and video cameras document every action taken aqainst buffalo and the toll these operations take on wild species in the ecosystem. Buffalo field campaign provided training, room, board, winter clothing, and equipment to each of these volunteers outfitting them for some of the most extreme weather conditions in the country. Time spent in the presence of wild bison - both in their natural grace and through the chaos of hazing, capture, and slaughter operations - inspires buffalo field campaign volunteers and coordinators to visualize, organize, and actualize a wide range of initiatives aimed at bringing permanent protection to this last wild bison population. A goal of the frontlines bison defense project is to permanently protect bison migration routes and the bison's right to access them. The organization convey information and images gained through field patrols, public meetings, and research to citizens across the country and around the globe.

policy work, research and legal program - the bfc researches information related to the yellowstone buffalo, brucellosis and wildlife in the greater yellowstone area. Coordinators conduct extensive research into land use issues and present their findings to the general public and attend public meetings and conferences and submit public comments on management decisions affecting the yellowstone bison.

education and outreach - the buffalo field campaign's education and outreach efforts convey information and images gained through field patrols, public meetings and research to citizens across the country and around the globe. Bfc conveys buffalo-related news and information through a multi-media website, weekly email updates, coverage in mainstream and alternative newspapers, television, and radio on a variety of websites, on annual road shows, and through the publication and distribution of an annual newsletter.

Community Stories

213 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed this organization for a number of years and have been impressed with their persistence, passion, and dedication to the last genetically pure herd of bison left in the U.S. They never bow to intimidation by local, state or federal authorities because they operate within the structure of the law. Their work is both physically and emotionally draining, and they may become discouraged, but they never give up. They know they are the only voice the buffalo of Yellowstone have, and if they stop advocating, this last pocket of genetically pure buffalo will be lost to the greed of the livestock industry. This is an organization that operates basically from volunteers and donations, and they do so much with so little. Educational and outreach programs, along with documenting buffalo migration, hazing and slaughter by officials, and cooperation with local ranchers and land owners, make this organization an outstanding non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

Words cannot express how thankful and impressed I am with the work that Buffalo Field Campaign and their volunteers do for America's wild bison. Without their work, I believe that our bison would have little or no protection against the people and government who would do them harm and run them to extinction again. I say, three cheers for Buffalo Field Campaign and a heartfelt thank you to them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When making a visit to Yellowstone National Park in 2002 I came in contact with the Buffalo Field Campaign. After hearing there pitch and making a donation, I have made a donation every year since then as they continue their mission. I love that my donation is going straight to the actual people in the field, not to fund raisers or highly paid executives. I get their weekly newsletters and appreciate the local information when planning a new trip to the area.

Susan313

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As longtime supporters of environmental and animal rights organizations, we are incredibly impressed with Buffalo Field Campaign, a hands-on, grassroots group that works tirelessly to protect America's last wild buffalo. Their dedication to this little-known issue is incredibly inspiring. We are touched by their passion and honored to spread the word of their work.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work of this fine organization comes straight from the heart. They literally are in the field -- on the ground protecting America's only remaining wild buffalo. And they share their experiences with beautiful stories and amazing photos for those of us who love and honor buffalo, but who cannot be there to serve in that way.

I am tremendous grateful for the Buffalo Field Campaign, and I hope others will learn about and support them, too.

Aaron Rose

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a hands on group that is doing an excellent job of protecting an iconic species. Without them I would not know much of what is going on and how they are being harmed.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are effective and don't make false claims, like some groups do.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work to protect the American buffalo. Their web page is full of educational information. Their videos prove the work they do, and I have no doubts that my donations are put to good use. It is my belief that the American Buffalo is a national treasure and every citizen should take responsibility for the care and protection of these majestic animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Buffalo Field Campaign for over 10yrs now. I call these folks my friends and they are my neighbors. They do an excellent job of protecting/fighting for Yellowstone's native bison population. They are an amazing group of people who truly care about our bison and work not only on paper and over the internet, but literally have their boots on the ground everyday out in the field to make sure the bison are not being harassed by state/federal agencies. I love the buffalo - bought my home because of the bison that come through every spring/fall. Please help this wonderful organization as they go around the country and to Washington, D.C. to speak out on behalf of the wild Yellowstone bison. Your donation would be greatly appreciated and put toward good use. Thank you Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) for what you do everyday! You are the best!

April44

Donor

Rating: 5

BFC is an amazing non-profit whose dedication is unparalleled. They do incredibly important work is saving and promoting information about our nation's last wild bison population.

1 mimejuly

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization which has set about to preserve the last remaining free roaming herd of wild buffalo in this country. These people spend their lives out in the elements (winter too) protecting the buffalo of Yellowstone from our federal government as well as the government sponsored activities of Montana. The Buffalo Field Campaign faces insurmountable odds as they try to protect the buffalo from the ignorance of the cattle industry, while the cattle industry has the backing of the state (of Montana) and federal officials. The Buffalo Field Campaign survives from donations only. One of the most pure and selfless organizations out there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I ran across the Buffalo Field Campaign website after a visit to Yellowstone a couple of years ago. While photographing these magnificent creatures, I had no idea of the danger they must face each and every year in order to survive. We call ourselves a civilized people, but the cruelty unleashed on the buffalo is beyond inhumane. The Buffalo Field Campaign is the only organization standing up to the cattlemen and the state of Montana in the constant inhumane battle that ensues year after year. I shutter to think of what would have become of the Yellowstone Buffalo without the Buffalo Field Campaign's watchful eye and reports from the field. The Buffalo Field Campaign struggles admist unfathomable conditions to protect these animals and to report to the public the grossly inhumane acts committed by our federal government in addition to the State of Montana. They are the only honest voice for the Yellowstone Buffalo. Roam Free!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BBC has consistently dedicated themselves to protecting our last wild buffalo. They have made amazing strides against the arrogant and the ignorant who would willing exterminate these intelligant, hearty, and family oriented living creatures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 10 years I have watched the activities of the Buffalo Field Campaign and 5 years ago volunteered for 2 weeks at their headquarters in MT. They are well organized and use their limited donated funds very efficiently. I have never seen a group of people so dedicated to their cause of holding Montana government and the Federal Park Service accountable for their actions relating to their treatment of the wild buffalo - with such love for these animals that they put themselves in harms way to protect them (always within the law, of course). I honor their work and their humanity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an awesome place. I discovered passion for a cause greater than myself. A wonderful community doing amazing work! I wouldn't be the man I am without BFC. Spent 2+ years on site... Some of the hardest work but best memories of my life.

Patrick42

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After everything they have endured my heart goes out to the Bison . Nowhere else can I get such good information on the current herds . And learn about the current struggle for their survival .

Michelle224

Donor

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is a great example of what a nonprofit should be and do. They are professional and passionate staff and volunteer members. It's obvious that they put their funds into their work for the benefit of the buffalo and not to benefit themselves.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor AND I also volunteered one week with this amazing organization. Every bit of resources goes into efforts that directly affect saving the buffalo. I work in the nonprofit area myself, so I am keen to seeing how a nonprofit uses its resources and the results it is attaining. Buffalo Field Campaign is one of those organizations that I am more than happy and willing to assist in its mission to save these magnificent icons of our nation's history. In addition to the animal rights work that they do, the organization also addresses environmental rights as well as human rights in relation to the "battles" that Native Americans still experience in the region, including those that connect them with the buffalo. Education and on-the-ground, one-on-one work with the buffalo and the public make this one of my top organizations to support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BFC is one of the best front-lines organizations working for animal and environmental rights. I greatly admire them because they consistently distribute scientific evidence against the main underpinning of ranchers' prejudice against bison; and because they work on many levels to ensure the last wild bison can survive not just in Yellowstone, but also in more of their preferred habitat beyond park borders. Their on the ground coverage of what happens during the annual hazing of the bison speaks louder than any words they could say, and their love for the creatures is clearly their driving force.

Bethany Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Few organizations -conservation oriented or otherwise - actually work in the field and keep their purpose as focused and pure as the Buffalo Field Campaign. This is a frontline, active group of dedicated people trying to preserve a vital part of our American heritage.