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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Maren J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dedicated, passionate, communicative non-profit that is working to inspire the protection and freedom of our mighty buffalo. Thank you for all your hard work and devotion.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is a dedicated group of people who put themselves on the line, in the field, and in between those who do the bison harm. These are special animals that deserve to live in peace in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem protected as our National Mammal. It's absurd that these iconic, majestic creatures are hazed, and hunted, and sent to slaughter by the hundreds from within and around their migration routes in the part.. IF the BFC was not there to observe and document, we would not know the injustices being done in places most of us will never see. I am so impressed by the dedication of BFC staff to this great cause. This is a non-profit that deserves support to continue their important work.

3 giliwaya

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really impressed by the dedication put forth by these people. They truly care about the bison and help others understand the importance of saving these majestic animals. They are truly awesome.

5 timallard

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having some Indigenous Ways within me and being part of All Creatures, part of Earth.

Seeing clearly that modern economics cannot be arbiters of survival and have shown little skill at sustaining anything, ethical merit versus $$$ when wealth is on paper with so many zeros and bills must be paid.

The Great Plains produced more biomass before contact than modern agriculture's denuded diversity and row-cropping.

Extinction events are tied to loss of diversity and low planetary oxygen, that's in the geologic record and we are now reducing oxygen rapidly and losing over 200-species per day knowing that for a new species the event is rare, not yearly, not decadal, hardly by century at times.

The ungulate bond to an apex-predator balance held over many thousands of years in plenty.

Perhaps the reins now need to pass back to those that honored what worked and there was no hunger unless all were hungry, there was bounty shared and respect given to good thinkers, people with insight to past-present-future being tied and always ongoing together.

The Western Culture can learn, we assume, yet not until it puts down the crown of arrogance of being "in charge", to not dominate and conquer, to communicate and share to go back to a worthy ethic of behavior for future people to honor, not the ransacked, stripped down and left behind planet we see today.

The Buffalo is the basis of a Culture, it's not just an animal to kill for food, that's an insight into how to honor any animal, to live with them in abundance again.

4 Dom D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

amazing organization. you can also support them through Amazon Smile! it doesn't cost anything - they donate a % of the items you purchase on Amazon. It's great.

5 Jim_169

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The BFC is on the front-line in the battle to protect bison. Without them the tragic mistreatment of bison would not be widely known. They must continue this work.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this is the best non-profit i know of that is trying to help keep our original wild buffalo alive and well and protected! they work hard day and night to protect them and need all the help they can get. i hope everyone that cares about the buffalo will start donating to them now! i donate to them as often as i can.

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5

Donor

Rating: 5

As far as I know, the Buffalo Field Campaign is the only nonprofit that is trying to keep our wild buffalo (bison) alive and well and not confined to only one place, but spread out like they used to be before they were nearly exterminated. They have had a hard go of it with the ranchers and still do. The buffalo are mistreated and/or killed by the ranchers at times, even the baby calves. Sad situation. They need all the help they can get so that our descendants can still see part of our history in America.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BFC Rocks! I've learned so much about activism, wildlife, and community from this group. A passionate and dedicated bunch if ever there was one!

Get involved, volunteer, take action, contribute!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally know several of these great warriors who are standing with our buffalo every day. They give their hearts to these great creatures and deserve our support!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely one of the best groups - donate to this group and help preserve Ameica's national mammal. They are out in the field doing want's needed.

3 Kerri5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all that you do. Your ambition and passion to save buffalo is heartfelt. It's organizations like this that deserve recognition.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the ONLY group working to save the last wild herd of bison. Even tho federal laws state that federal lands are SUPPOSED to be partially for the preservation of the last wild herds of wildlife; horses, bison, wolves, mountain goats and sheep.....TOO OFTEN ranching interests and energy company interests trump these promises. Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers and staff live there near the bison, they monitor what is going on, and keep the rest of us informed when the Feds and the ranchers start hazing or murdering or trapping these wild herds. NOBODY else does this work.

1

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.