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.
I have donated to this nonprofit. I think they do an awesome job. Granted, it seems like they can't win the battle considering their opposition is the cattle industry! But every buffalo they save is a blessing! These animals deserve better protection than our government agencies give them; along the same line as the wild mustangs and burros, who are also being attacked by the same - cattle industry! God bless the volunteers of Buffalo Field campaign and all the supporters who help these animals!
I cannot say enough about the important work that the BFC does every single day in and around Yellowstone. If it weren't for them and their completely grass-roots efforts, there might very well be no native, free-ranging bison left in our greatest National Park.
Volunteering with BFC was effortless; they provided for my every need while I was there, and equipped me to help their cause not only in Yellowstone but also back east at home throughout the year. Working even a little with BFC provides a glimpse into a life-and-death struggle that few might be aware of otherwise.
This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Every day we woke before sunrise, put on skis, and went out onto the buffalo's habitat. While most days were absolutely perfect--watching buffalo, elk, and wolves in their natural grace--other days were absolutely horrible as Montana livestock agents came out with helicopters and snowmobiles and disrupted the entire ecosystem. I watched and videotaped as they chased buffalo right through barbed-wire fences and into traps, from where they were loaded onto trucks and sent to slaughter houses.
While I was there we also made several trips to the state Capital in Helena, where we testified in support of the buffalo. It was a great way to take some of what i learned in the field, fueled by the passion of how I saw them treating the buffalo, and use it to help change the policy under which the buffalo are mistreated.