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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

Donor

Rating: 5

BFC was the first organization to bring the plight of America's last truly wild bison to the public view over a decade ago. Through bitter cold and heat 365 days /year they are in the field with the buffalo documenting and publicizing the senseless outrages committed by state and federal government agencies against these iconic creatures. They soldiered on through many grim sad days when 100s of bison were inhumanely rounded up and hauled to slaughter, for the supposed bogus reason of controlling brucellosis when the real purpose of the kills was for population control. Ranchers don't want bison grazing on range that they could be running cows on even if that range is located on the public's land.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and supporting this fine organization for over 10 years. They selflessly follow the last genetically wild remnants of the Great Herd that was all but wiped out in the 1800s. They document and spread the word about the atrocities commited against these buffalo by the federal government and the state of Montana who are perpetuating the range war against the buffalo. These icons of the West, which are valuable wildlife belonging to all Americans, are being senselessly harassed, injured and slaughtered with taxpayer money. Buffalo Field Campaign deserves my praise and donations because they efficiently and selflessly stretch those contributions; they are the only group in the field day in, day out patrolling on behalf of the buffalo.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of the Buffalo Field Campaign when a young man disrupted the slaughter of the buffalo this spring. I was very impressed with his commitment and understood his feelings and frustration at trying to deal with agencies that get so bogged down in red tape. I am very impressed with the amount of sourced, educational information on the Buffalo Field Campaign's website. These folks are so committed and clear in their goals and they make a lot of sacrifices to protect the buffalo. For those who value the lives of some of the last truly iconic and wild animals on our continent, this organization deeply deserves our support.

Gerry2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond to show the plight of our buffalo. They speak the truth and show the pictures of how the buffalo are being harassed by the state and fed govt. They are in the field with the buffalo rain, shine and snow, such dedication.

Greg48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The BFC is out 365 days a year working to protect the bison. They document, report and speak for the bison at meetings. And as far as I know they are all non paid volunteers!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work they do and the information they provide about the cause. I have learned a lot from them over the past year.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Buffalo of the America's are a great symbol of strength.. an icon of what America once was and can be again.
The Buffalo Field Campaign is an amazing organization helping to protect these humble giants. Helping to preserve their rights and land access. They are one of the best non-profits working in America today. I truly wish they would get more recognition and support.

Ann_83

Donor

Rating: 5

BFC is the only organization working in the field and with policy-makers to protect Yellowstone's wild bison from hazing and death. Their work is indispensable to saving the nation's last, truly wild bison herd. I had not idea the bison were being 'hazed', i.e. bullied, chased and driven to death until I heard a presentation by Mike of the BFC. I have visited Yellowstone twice in 2014, and have fallen in love with bison. It's a shame that local cattle ranchers, and many in the Montana government, insist on their plan of exterminating wild bison by continuing to perpetuate the myth that bison are carriers of brucellosis.

Bison are America's iconic land mammal, and BFC is to be commended for its 'boots on the ground' work. I am proud to be a supporter of Buffalo Field Campaign.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Yellowstone buffalo is very special to me. a number of years ago, by accident, I was blessed when I went eye to eye with one of these magnificent creatures and their Soul became part of my soul. BFC puts their heart and soul into trying to provide the buffalo with peace and justice on their land. This group is one of the few nonprofits who give completely of themselves in an effort to preserve and protect part of our countries heritage, the wild and free buffalo.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For years I have followed the work of the Buffalo Field Campaign and I must say with all sincerity without them the Buffalo population would be treated without regard. In very recent time they have kept us enlightened to the plight of the great buffalo and has made it possible for us to react to each dilemma. As of Native American descent, I believe, that the Buffalo should stand side by side with the Bald Eagle as the American symbol. This organization is the trustees of the Buffalo. I will stand to say this nonprofit is a GREAT nonprofit and deserves recognition for all their hard work.

Jim_103

Donor

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is the only organization I know of that actually has a "boots on the ground" philosophy when it comes to protecting and saving our nations' last wild bison herds. When you stop to think that literally millions upon millions of these noble beasts once roamed wild and free, it should break your heart to learn that state and federal government agencies seem to desire nothing more than the complete eradication of bison from our planet. I support BFC and their mission and I ask that you join me and the others who believe the Bison should be protected and left to roam free and wild. Stop the hazing, stop the trapping and stop the killing!

Jim_102

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support and believe in their mission:
"Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field and on the policy front to protect the wild bison of the Yellowstone ecosystem."

Debbie124

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was invited to visit BFC and spend a few days with them last summer it was a great experience the people at BFC are an awesome bunch they are hard working and the Buffalo are there life,and it was the best life experience I have ever had.Keep up the good work guys and gals you all rock.

Steve110

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want the last wild bison to roam free. Buffalo Field Campaign helps protect the herd, educate the public, and encourage the survival of the last remaining wild bison in the United States and world. This is important to all conservationists, US citizens and biodiversity advocates the world over. The alternative is extinction.

Donor

Rating: 5

Buffalo have always been a spirit of Spirit in our presents. The destruction of their life brings huge sadness to all of God's creation. This is the most respected 501c3 I know of to help protect buffalo. too much bloodshed has happened already. These are the bravest, true to their calling I have ever known. I only wish I could help them even more.
Blessings,
HMSenita

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

rumpfl

Donor

Rating: 5

As they say, they are the only group IN THE FIELD helping this much-endangered American icon and I am proud to help BFC in any way I can!

Donor

Rating: 5

The BFC is the ONLY organization that is doing something hands-on, proactively to protect the bison. They devote their lives to saving the last wild bison; educating the public; having the courage, the guts, to stand up to the governmental (both state and federal) agencies who allow themselves to be manipulated by ranchers. I had the honor of hearing Daniel Brister give his first-hand experience as the head of BFC. He explained in detail what BFC does and elaborated on the experiences of BFC. He gave anecdotes and examples of the behavior of the bison, which made the importance of saving them so much more powerful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With so much harassment that is put on bison in Yellowstone and through out the country, the BFC is wonderful for what they do and is an absolute necessity to end this ridiculous harassment that is put on bison for ridiculous reasons. Although there are many people who disagree with what happens with bison, there aren't very many organizations doing much about it except for the BFC. They're an excellent organization and they make a difference everyday.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Totally worthwhile organization that is trying to protect the last few iconic animals before greedy ranchers destroy them all. I enjoy getting the photographic updates and specific suggestions on what I can do to help their efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful nonprofit agency that is in the field yearround to preserve our last wild buffalo. They do wonderful work trying to protect the buffalo while having to watch constant harrassment of the buffalo, especially the mothers and new calves every spring being hazed by various governmental departments for absolutely no valid reason. This is a very important organization constantly working in the field through volunteers to protect our last living wild buffalo. These wild buffalo MUST be protected to preserve our last living animals that are free roaming in Yellowstone National Park. Please give my review some serious attention so that we can preserve our last wild buffalo. Thank you for your consideration.