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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BFC is a wonderful organization bringing awareness of the plight of the American Buffalo to the public. Their compassion and endeavors to educate make them a phenomenal group that has been effective in protecting Buffalos. Thank goodness they exist.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity on Thursday evening to attend Mike Meese's presentation on the treatment of Yellowstone National Parks wild buffalo herd at the hands of the Interagency Bison Management Plan. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the IBMP it does a great deal to protect local ranchers access to public lands and cheap grazing at the expense of the Yellowstone bison and the American taxpayer. Under the guise of disease prevention the last wild buffalo herd has been slaughtered, experimented on, hazed and generally mistreated in a way that can only be described as abusive.
The video presentation was at times hard to watch as well as maddening but it was also at times uplifting in ways that I didn't expect. Images of injured newborn calves struggling to keep up with the herd as they were being hazed by agents of the government forced to run 15 miles in a single day will stick with me for a long, long time but so will the images and words of the BFC volunteers.
The amazing level of commitment Mike and the other BFC volunteers exhibit is nothing short of inspiring. Willing to endure all kinds of weather and to place themselves in harms way to bear witness to the treatment of these magnificent animals while at the same time forsaking the creature comforts that most of us enjoy is frankly one of the most selfless acts I can recall. Bringing the plight of the Yellowstone Bison into public view has slowed their killing to a trickle to the credit of the BFC but BFC marches on not satisfied with their enormous success, concerned only with the work that still needs to be done to protect the bison. After more than a decade of advocating for the buffalo at Yellowstone BFC's commitment has not wavered and I have no doubt that they will continue until the buffalo can roam free.
The buffalo's instinct's lead them to return to their ancestral lands but they are seeking more than just food. They are seeking their heritage, their place in a world that at least on public lands, lands that belong to you and me, should be guaranteed to them. Public lands should not be in the sole control of an industry that seeks only to enrich itself by removing native wildlife to make way for cattle grazing, an immoral and unjust act that should be outlawed.
Buffalo Field Campaign continues to fight for the right of the last wild bison in America to exist. They are fighting in the field and in the media as well as in the courts and they need our support. The first step is to contact BFC and become educated about what is really going on in Montana. Spread the word in support of BFC and the buffalo and make a donation to this amazing group.
The Buffalo Field Campaign can be reached via: www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/ and don't miss these very compelling videos documenting the treatment of the buffalo. www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/bisonvideogallery.html

On a personal note I would like to thank Mike and Stephany and all the other volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the buffalo. You guys are awesome!

Ray Goodwin
Sonoran Connection

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time I read the the the Buffalo Field Campaign newsletter, it saddens me so to hear what is happening to these beautiful animals. This is where they belong, it's their home and rightfully so. To hear that they are constantly being run off is cruel and ignorant. They will keep coming back. It reminds me of the Road Runner cartoon where Wiley Coyote tries his darndest to outsmart the Roadrunner but he just can't do it. That's what it reminds me of when these government rangers or agents keep trying to move them. I guess they are just gluttons for punishment! A big thanks to all the staff and volunteers of Buffalo Field Campaign for their selfless efforts. Please keep up the great work. I'll be here signing every petition. Together we can hopefully see a time where the buffalo roam free as they were meant to be.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BFC is an amazing organization. They work tirelessly to protect the last of our precious wild Buffalo. They are truly wonderful people who believe in this cause wholeheartedly. I support their work and feel that this issue is very important. These animals deserve to live and thrive freely. BFC are a great non-profit org. and they deserve to win!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BFC work tirelessly to help these magestic creatures. I have followed the BFC's work for years and I support them wholeheartedly. I am grateful that these incredible people are doing everything they can to keep the buffalo alive and protected. Thank you BFC!!!

Mary Anne W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For years they have documented the degrading and destructive practices of hazing and capture of the beautiful wildlife that has become part of the American West Legend. Wild Buffalo should be protected and revered, not killed for fear of spreading disease to cattle that graze on our public lands. The Buffalo Field Campaign is a group that has brought all this to our attention and they work hard every year to promote and protect the last wild buffalo in our northern states.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bison are a part of the history of this country and icon for many Native Americans. These people that are standing up for the bison are the only ones doing it. No one else has been helping the bison. They need all the help they can get. That alone is a good enough reason to nominate them. the Bison used to be so large a species it would take a couple of days for them to go by a area. Now they are close to being gone forever. Bison have a right to live too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is doing such an important job ! We need to protect the last wild buffalo before it's too late !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is one of the 5 best environmental groups in existence; maybe the absolute best, but I don't claim to know everything! As the welfare ranchers take our money and our land, they demand the removal of OUR wildlife from OUR public lands! Fish and Game helps them, as does Yellowstone Park. The whole situation is corrupt and immoral...and BFC is the only organization working to save OUR wild bison. They are a national treasure, and I have unmitigated respect and admiration for all the volunteers, and everything they do.

Yvette T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in contact with Buffalo Field Campaign for years. The people who initiated this organization and all who have been working ever since to help the Yellowstone Bison are tremendously gifted individuals. I and my parents did visit Yellowstone while I was a child. My father is the grandson 10 generations or so from the last Chief of the Wicocomico tribe, and my mother's great grandmother was Kiowa, so, it runs in my make-up to honor Mother Earth, Natural processes, Spirit, the buffalo, indigenous lands, waters, sentient beings and people. I am against the cattle industry, the theft and poisoning of land, the insidious attitude against buffalo. By going veg'n, I hope to promote a restoration of Nature and a possible return of some of these lands stolen from indigenous life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BFC is the ONLY charity helping the LAST wild buffalo. They do a lot for this beautiful, majestic animal. If it weren't for BFC, countless buffalo would be dead now. Without BFC, we would never know what the BLM/Parks/Ranchers are constantly putting these creatures through. Their work matters! Once the buffalo are gone, they are gone forever. BFC is fighting hard to see that baffalo roam their native territory for generations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Mother and all of her creations. I especially love buffalo and the fine work BFC does for them and all who love them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BFC are the only on site recorders of the remaining wild buffalo and the plight they still suffer....if the DOL Agents do not like buffalo, why in the name of Creator are they put in charge of them. They do not have the best interest of the buffalo, so not understand the buffalo's roaming instincts, and have the cruelest mean streaks of any so called government group, their real interest seems to be to cowtow to the rich land owners who want free grazing rights....

Misha3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through being with the buffalo directly in the field and documenting the way they are treated by state agencies, their advocacy immediately reaches the hearts, minds, and guts of many, many people. Every time I read about how the buffalo are treated just outside Yellowstone - when it is fairly clear that there is not enough land for them in the park, and there are neighborly, cooperative options available to all private and public landowners outside the park that would enable the buffalo to migrate - I just cry. It makes me so angry, and motivates me to action. I have involved myself in their advocacy efforts more than other nonprofits I also care about simply because of their approach towards reaching people, and the direct, on-the-ground information they provide. I do wish they - or someone - pursued a more collaborative approach towards resolving this problem. Such as, encouraging the governor or agencies in charge to collaborate with all stakeholders to create a lasting solution to this problem. However, I understand that may not be BFC's role. I, for one, and so grateful for the difficult work they do to get the word out about how these incredible, iconic animals are treated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live half way around the world but grew up watching majestic buffalo herds thundering across the plains. It seemed that every time we watched any movies or documentaries about the US there were these iconic buffalo on the screen running free. That was what America stood for - freedom...for all who live there. Without BFC this would not be possible. The DOL and other interests are very powerful but the American public are more powerful and BFC has managed to garner much support to save an American icon. Thankyou BFC for your vision and passion to preserve what is uniquely yours.

Judi G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BFC volunteers are courageous folks who deserve some help. This non-profit operates on a shoestring budget to protect the last remaining buffalo herd in the U.S. I'm 67 years old and it would be so satisfying to know that long after I'm gone the buffalo will remain for generations and generations that come after me to enjoy. Like so many other endangered species we need to protect the bison and with the help of BFC that is being accomplished.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The only group that is fighting against the US Government and the Montana DOL & livestock interests that believe they trump wildlife interests. BFC shows America how our tax dollars are being misused. It is hard to believe how these wild free roaming majestic animals can be abused and mistreated by the same government and officials that are charged with protecting them. Go BFC, I will keep on supporting your efforts, and I thank them for it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AS a volunteer myself trying to save endangered sea turtles, I have so much respect for what BFC does to protect our wonderful buffalo. Documenting the injustices against these iconic creatures and educating the public of these injustices is so important in creating change..I look forward to reading my BFC newsletter in keeping me abreast of whats happening in the wild lands thousands of mile from my home..makes me feel like Im a part of their cause. I only wish I could be there with them..they are an inspiration in a time of challenges for all of our wildlife..I pray that their mission is someday successful...buffalo will once a gain roam free..without BFC, I dont think it would be even a possibility. BRAVO BFC!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field 24/7 to document the cruel treatment of the last surviving free buffalo herd in the world. Cattle interests in Montana pressure the government to haze the buffalo out of their historic calving grounds before and during calving causing stress, i njury and even death. Buffalo Field Campaign is all volunteer and supported by donations. They are definitely a great nonprofit who could benefit a great deal from additional financial assistance as recognition for their dedication.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buffalo Field Campaign is a group of very dedicated people working tirelessly 24/7 documenting the cruel treatment and heavy-handed tactics of government agencies against America's iconic wild bison. Their work is to make the general public aware of the plight of Yellowstone's wild bison and the need to protect this ecologically endangered species. I'm so glad that Buffalo Field Campaign is out there, letting government agencies know that they're being closely watched of their cruel treatment of America's genetically pure, wild bison.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Operating on a shoe-string budget, Buffalo Field Campaign has done a tremendous job of protecting our last free-roaming wild bison. I truly admire Buffalo Field Campanign's passion, perseverence and courage. They have a wonderful website with a wealth of information about the buffalo and the organisation's uphill battle with the US government and the cattle industry. I think the US government is so un-american to kill off a very american icon, the bison.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN is one of the most dedicated and deserving groups out there, fighting to protect and save our heritage, the American bison, from the constant assault and destruction they are subjected to by monied and influential interests. They are #1 in my book!