It has been almost four years since I volunteered with these folks for two weeks in West Yellowstone, Montana. They were incredibly organized (there were 25 of us there at the time) and totally dedicated to protecting these magnificent animals. We went out in small groups to different areas where buffalo came out of Yellowstone Park armed with our video cameras to witness and record how they were being treated. Until BFC was created buffalo were shot on sight as soon as they stepped across the imaginary line into the no-tolerance state of Montana. They are now, 15 years later, given a short reprieve in some areas outside the Park where they come out to lower elevations looking for food and to calf their young; and when their time limit is up, they are hazed by horseback, helicopters and ATV’s back into the park or rounded up and sent to slaughter. Quite an abominable situation really, although it is much improved.
At an elevation of over 7000 feet the clear, crisp air, the beauty of the still snow covered hillsides (in April) left me breathless – literally. At the end of the two weeks walking around on snowshoes for the first time and hiking up steep hillsides, sitting for hours and watching these majestic animals, hanging out in the van as the herd passed by within a few feet of my open door so close I could hear them breathing, postholing (sinking down in the snow rather abruptly I might add) up to my hip, and gathering together at night to report all that had happened with each group that day and make plans for the next day – I was not only in the best shape of my life, but I felt so fulfilled, happy, part of something so worthwhile. I highly recommend this experience no matter your age. At the very least these folks are people you can feel good about supporting.
That is why out of each CD sold, $1.00 will be split between BFC and my other love, the West Plains Regional Animal Shelter (information forthcoming). If you want to know more about these folks they have a wonderful, very detailed website: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org. Check them out and I hope you find it in your heart (and means) to send some support. You won’t regret it.