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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 John250

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for the Buffalo Field Campaign numerous times. When volunteering to save wild buffalo I felt like I was doing something very cause worthy. These buffalo don't have a voice. We must be their voice. This is the last remaining genetically pure buffalo in the world, and they deserve our attention and compassion.

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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.

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.

Roger27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Montana bison are the icon of our western history. BFC is a small but efficacious organization that hourly dedicates itself to preserving this historical icon.

donala

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an animal welfare activist for 30+ years I have never seen an organization so fiercely dedicated to their cause of protecting America's last remaining wild bison! These folks don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk, come hell and high waters!

Brennan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best groups out there. I have spent time with them in the field. They make it possible for many people to directly support the yellowstone buffalo. They have housing, and activities for volunteer. They even feed everyone. Hand down, best green non-profit i know.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFC is an incredible organization that does more on the buffalo issue with a small budget than most of the big name, big budget enviros put together. They are amazing to volunteer for, and have trained countless new activists with skills they will carry for the rest of their lives, as well as a respect and understanding for wild that is irreplaceable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent 5 spring seasons volunteering with BFC and find them to be one of the most dedicated front-lines environmental activist groups out there. They have a true vision of a land full of wild free-roaming buffalo that is inspiring, and have a multi-faceted practical approach to getting there - working not only in the field with the buffalo, but through the courts, through the legislative process, through public awareness campaigns, and through impressive coalition building.

Corey Sundog M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BFC is a one of a kind project. A camp open to all who want to come and help protect the Sacred Buffalo, located in some of the prettiest land and last intact eco-system in the lower 48 states. I have been serving with BFC for almost 15 years. I have been honored by being able to grow close with the buffalo herd we protect, the family of volunteers who come from all over the world to live and work together, nature in its still and majestic ways, and most importantly with my self. I met my wife through the campaign, and we have lived together with our children there. We live on the west coast now, but will always come and volunteer when we can. There is no community quite like it. Please help support the last pure and wild herd of Sacred Buffalo, help bring back the buffalo in our lifetime, and come on down to the Buffalo Field Campaign to be on the front lines of this historic movement, there is always an extra bunk, great healthful home made foods, gear and all you need to stand with the last of the wild ones.

Edna K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering in the field for the Buffalo Field Campaign is one of those great experiences in which you truly do hands-on work that directly fuels results toward the mission of the nonprofit. In this case, you get to experience first-hand what is happening to the buffalo, what the threats are, and how you can help the buffalo. A volunteer with this group gets real-life education on the history of the buffalo and about the daily lives of these great animals. They are a remnant of our country's great history and a link to our continent's fascinating past; you could never get this type of experience through a book or by volunteering in an office somewhere. The Buffalo Field Campaign is indeed on the front lines 365 days a week, 24/7 with dedication toward saving the last wild and free-roaming herds of buffalo through courage to protect these animals from their enemies, education of the public about the buffalo's plight, and compassion for these beautiful animals. Because of the large numbers of volunteers, the organizaiton is also able to use its donations wisely and to get the most bang out of every dollar donated.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with BFC for an entire season-October-May. I was amazed at the nonviolent direct action work that is done everyday(including wekends). BFC is committed to videoing the cruelty done by state & federal agencies to these gentle creatures. BFC is the only group out on the front lines, trying to stop the hazing operations and senseless slaughter of the buffalo. I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to be in the midst of such amazing creatures. I am truly grateful for the neverending commitment of BFC to defend & protect the last wild buffalo. I invite all lovers of the wild, of buffalo, of nature to support in any way, physically,monetarily, or legally the work of BFC. THANK YOU.ALOHA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign, wow where to really begin I went to visit them when I was 13. They are the only few organizations that are out in the field gathering information about the cruel and bad acts that are being done to our nations last wild and pure buffalo in Yellowstone National Park. They are out doing hands on work getting the word out and informing the public out what is being done to wild bison. They are also a very kind hearted group, when we went to go visit they gave us clothing and a place to stay as well as food that was also very vegan and non vegan friendly. They are an amazing group of people with an amazing cause .

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Volunteered with the BFC in the spring of 2011, and the experienced changed my life. The entire crew was welcoming and I soon felt like I was home with BFC. Learning about the plight and suffering of the buffalo was heart breaking and inspiring. This history of genocide and control of the wild runs deep and is pervasive in every aspect of our lives. Freedom for the buffalo to roam and freedom from a toxic and degraded environment is crucial for our well-being and prosperity. All of our struggles for justice are interconnected. BFC is at the forefront of this struggle! Also the continuation of the way of life of the Buffalo People, the indigenous folks of this continent family with the buffalo, is integral to supporting the biological diversity of the wild. BFC is forging these relationships and networks to maintain cultural and biological diversity. Learning how to confront destructive government policies and their agents in a constructive manner was a valuable lesson that I gained from my time at BFC. These people are amazing and deserve all the support we can give! Thank you!

Per A.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

the buffalo stand for freedom rember if wee luse them there is no usa

1 Wolfgrrl

Volunteer

Rating: 4

BFC is in the field, following bison and what is being done to them, throughout the year. They document hazings, capture, shipment of wild bison to slaughter and injuries done to bison during these operations. It is deeply upsetting to witness, but they keep doing it day-in and day-out year after year. And they will keep doing while the bison are being treated like livestock instead of wildlife. The damage done to ecosystems through these activities is not just upsetting, it is detrimental in ways we have not yet begun to understand. The US government is continuing a policy of bison capture and slaughter instead of protecting this vital species as the federal mandate for National Parks instructs them to do. Bison are a national treasure and should be conserved as such. The status quo of hazing and slaughter for bison has to be changed and without BFC in the field, we would be far more ignorant of how federal and state governments are handling bison populations--BFC brings light to a dark, upsetting situation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No other group is in the field every day in defense of the last wild buffalo population in the U.S. They are working to stop the the slaughter of Yellowstone's wild bison because each animal lost is a tragedy for our nation. There were 1631 buffalos killed in 2007 and last year 29 in 2011. They continue to fight to keep the wild free-roaming bison in their natural habitat despite all the numerous obstacles from the government.

MegF

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've never met a group of more dedicated, kind-hearted souls. After just a few days as a volunteer in West Yellowstone, I felt at home, surrounded by folks who were passionate about the buffalo.The spirit and energy of the campaign, while met with daily challenges, remains strong. They take care of their volunteers as well as the buffalo. The organization has been at it for a very long time, and it shows.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Buffalo Field Campaign is the ONLY group fighting for the rights of the American Buffalo, an ecologically extinct creature championed as a symbol of wilderness and freedom in this country. Buffalo are treated as if they were livestock all over the country, even those not kept in fences. The Buffalo Field Campaign documents abuses committed by government agencies committed against the last wild herd of buffalo, and brings the evidence to trial and to the legislature to stop the abuse and slaughter of these magnificent creatures. The buffalo is almost extinct! The Green Award would go a very long way to saving an endangered species from annihilation and torture. Please help us bring this attention to the public sphere. Thank you.

Sharla L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm here at the BFC lodge, waiting to go out on afternoon patrol. This is my fourth time volunteering here at the BFC. I usually come at the same time of year each year, in and around the time my kids have spring break. I watched some horrible hazings and a 600 bison capture my first year here in 2008. The cruelty and inhumanity of the process made me ill and will never leave me. Agents stabbing panicking buffalo with giant gaffes, before packing them into horse trailers to head to eventual slaughter.. Last year the winter was so bad, the spring so late in coming. Buffalo were everywhere on the road, ribs showing through thick mangy fur, heads hanging hang-dog, as they slowly plodded down the road. The hills were buried in snow, grass very hard to come by. Buffalo would try to graze at the old, exposed tufts on the side of the highway, but mostly they were just exhausted, reserves spent in the long harsh winter. At night they commonly tried to bed down on the pavement as lying in the snow would require even more energy. If those buffalo had their free will, where would they have been during that long harsh winter? This year is a totally different picture. Same time of year, and the snow is mostly gone from the field in front of the cabin, new spring growth coming through everywhere. The buffalo look so healthy! They still don't have free will, though they are currently gathering at their calving grounds on Horse Butte. They have little interest in the roads this year, except for dangerous crossings, hoping the cars and semis thundering past at 80 mph have drivers intelligent enough to slow down when they see the hot pink "Buffalo in Road" signs tirelessly put up and taken down by BFC volunteers. The buffalo need this warm spring. They also need to be left alone. They need a wild life corridor! The BFC is the real thing, working, working, working.