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Road Show Demo

Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show BuffaloonBFC's Co-Founder and Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease is hitting the road again in September and October for his annual BFC Road Show, and he could use your help!

As he has done since 1999, Mike will be visiting communities in Washington, Oregon, and California to share music, stories, video, and discussion—all of which is inspired by the last wild bison. New this year, we are adding Colorado and New Mexico!

Mignon Geli, flutist, is joining us on the road again this year. Mike will also be joined by musician The Unexpected Brass Band. See dates below for times and locations.

Please check our Calendar of Events or the 2019 Road Show Events below for locations, and join our veteran buffalo defenders for an inspiring time!

Would you like to help out at a Road Show?

Here are some ideas:

  • Host a show:
    • Offer your home.
    • Find a friendly local place willing to donate space.
  • Volunteer at a show.
    • Help welcome and sign in guests.
    • Provide or help serve food and drinks.
    • Help set-up, break down, clean-up, and more.
  • Help promote one or more shows.
    • Post event information on your Facebook or other social media.
    • Invite friends and family.
    • Notify local media of BFC’s visit to your area.
    • Download and hang posters announcing the event
      (See posters below, download generics, Dana Lyons, and The Unexpected Brass Band)

Let us know what you can do!

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2019 Road Show Events

Mike Mease is hitting the road this September, first show is Wednesday, September 11 in Telluride, CO. He will have e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and cell phone (406-595-7402) to keep in touch. Mike is happy to do interviews or anything else you might need, like help with set up. Mignon Geli, flutist, is joining us on the road again this year. Also on Thursday, October 10 in Port Townsend, WA, we will be joined by The Unexpected Brass Band.

Download A 2019 Road Show Poster

Wednesday, September 11, 6:00pm
Tellluride, CO
Wilkinson Public Library
100 W. Pacific Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

Contact: Ramona
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Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 5:00pm
Embudo, NM
Tribal Vision Festival
El Quinto Sol
23 Road 1105
Embudo, NM 87531

Free and open to the public


Monday, September 16, 7:00pm
Pueblo, CO
Pueblo City-County Library
100 E. Abriendo Ave
Pueblo, CO 81004

Contact: Amy
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Tuesday, September 17, 7:00pm
Longmont, CO
Shupe Homestead
11931 N 61st St
Longmont, CO 80503

Contact: Amanda
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Wednesday, September 18, 7:00pm
Ward, CO
Ward's Jacklegger Mercantile
62 Utica St.
Jamestown, CO 80455

Contact: Justine
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Thursday, September 19, 7:00pm
Boulder, CO
1630 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Contact: Annika
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Fri-Sat, September 20-21, 6:00pm
Boulder, CO
Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80302

Click here for more details about the events at the Museum of Boulder


Download a brochure or rack card (front, back)

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00pm
Nevada City, CA
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street
Nevada City, CA 95928

Tickets: $20, available here

Music by Goodshield & Mignon Geli, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald with special guest Mikail Graham and Bear Fox.
Click here for more information.
Click here for Facebook event information.

Contact: Hannah Chamberlain
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Thursday, September 26, 7:00pm
Chico, CA
Pageant Theater
351 E 6th St
Chico, CA 95928

Contact: Miles
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Friday, September 27, 7:00pm
Berkeley, CA
The Art House Gallery and Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
near Ashby BART station

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Tuesday, October 1, 7:00pm
Arcata, CA
Arcata Playhouse
1215 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Call 707-798-0951 for more details on event

Monday, October 2, 6:00pm
Cave Junction, OR
House Event
425 Raintree Dr
Cave Junction, OR 67523

Contact: Dug
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Thursday, October 3, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University
Native American Longhouse Eena
311 SW 26th St
Corvallis, OR 97331

Contact: Casandra

Friday-Sunday, October 4-6, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Eugene, OR
Eugene Environmental Film Festival
Eugene, OR

Contact: Casandra

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm
Olympia, WA
Traditions Café
300 5th Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501

Contact: Rick
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Download The Unexpected Brass Band 2019 Road Show Poster

Thursday, October 10, 7:00pm with special guest The Unexpected Brass Band
Port Townsend, WA
Quimper Grange
1219 Corona St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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Friday, October 11, 6:00pm
Whidby Island, WA
Langley Whale Center
115 Anthes Ave
Whidby Island, WA 98260


The roadshow is a series of special events held toward the end of each year, and you can help spread the word for the herd not just then, but all year round! Please check out our Action Opportunities page for more ways you can protect buffalo in your own bioregion!


Shuttle: The Salt Lake Express is a shuttle providing transportation from Salt Lake City and other locations directly into West Yellowstone and back. Visit the Salt Lake Express website.

Airports: The nearest and most convenient airport to West Yellowstone is in Bozeman, MT. This is a 90-mile drive on some roads that can get rather snow-packed. Please contact our volunteer coordinator before you make your plans so that we can coordinate rides with others who might be coming in at the same time, and we’ll try to work with you to arrange your arrival and departure plans to coincide with our weekly supply run.

Greyhound: Does not serve West Yellowstone. The closest Greyhound station is Bozeman, MT. As noted above, please coordinate your arrival plans with our volunteer coordinator.

Amtrak: Doesn't come close to here. The nearest stations are Havre, MT; Whitefish, MT; and Salt Lake City, Utah. It's a long bus ride from these places to Bozeman.

Driving: If you plan to drive here in the winter, please allow yourself sufficient time, plus some extra time to travel slowly and safely, and remember that these mountain passes are often hazardous. Make sure you have good tires and either snow tires or chains. It is important for you to know that all through-roads in Yellowstone are closed to cars except for Route 191, which goes along the western park boundary.

IMPORTANT: No matter which mode of travel you choose, please call ahead (406-646-0700) so we will know when to expect you, and before you leave home check for weather conditions on the Montana Department of Transportation Road Report Map.

For specific directions to our Base Camp on Hebgen Lake, call us at 406-646-0070 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spread the word! Save the herds!

Thank you for your interest in helping the last wild herds! There are many things you can do in your own community to help raise awareness and inspire action for America's last wild buffalo. Check it out!


Buffalo Field Campaign Education and Outreach


Staff an information table/booth at local events, expos, and fairs in your area

You can help inform people about the plight of the buffalo. Do this, please:

  1. Fill out our Outreach Volunteer Application
  2. Scan it and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. If you know of an event in your area and would to take the lead on getting BFC a table there, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the event name, date, time, location, and any additional requirements.
  4. We will help you, get you supplies, and try our best to
    ensure your success for the buffalo!
Distribute BFC newsletters in your region

This is a great way for you to help by spreading the word to save the herd!  It is easy for you to  become a bulk distributor of our annual newsletter. Please complete our sign up form to let us know how many newsletters you think you can place in coffee shops, libraries, health food stores, farm-to-fork restaurants, and other local hangouts. Let’s DO this!


Buffalo Field Campaign Education and Outreach Tabling


Give presentations about BFC

Do you have opportunities to speak to groups of people about BFC?  Perhaps an environmental club, civic group, church, boys or girls club, school, or community college?

Let us know if you are interested in pursuing this type of community outreach, and we will supply you with training. The first step will be to fill out a volunteer application and talk to our volunteer coordinator. When the time has come and you are properly prepared, we will supply you with materials to aid in your presentation. This is a very important part of growing the message of buffalo protection. Thank you for considering it.

Educational Slideshow

Buffalo Field Campaign invites you to become a voice for our last wild migratory bison and Our National Mammal.

This educational slide show gives you everything you need to give a clear, concise and accurate presentation on the natural history and current plight of the American Bison.

By offering this slide show, you can inspire and educate your community groups to Take Action for our country's first national mammal. Click here to view and download.

Please don’t forget that BFC’s buffalo protection efforts are literally fueled by your donations. It is always a good time to help protect the herd with your gift to BFC. Are you ready?


Field Volunteers Needed, Beginning November 15th Every Year

Are you ready to stand on the front lines and defend the buffalo? Become a vital part of the select group of Buffalo Defenders! With over 6,000 volunteers from across the United States and around the world, we have actively contributed to the protection of the last wild herds of buffalo.

We welcome volunteers year-round, but our field activities are most active from November through May, with a critical need for support in February, March, and April.

During our Field Season (November through June), we conduct field patrols to monitor the buffalo migration corridors, collect essential data, while publicizing and raising awareness about the threats to this remarkable population.

During our Summer Season (June through August), our focus shifts to public outreach and educational activities through tabling within Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area.


Buffalo Field Campaign Volunteers 2022 2023

What is the Buffalo Field Campaign?

Buffalo Field Campaign is a unique organization, entirely dedicated to protecting bison in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the only full-time group living and working in the field to protect bison. Our daily Field Patrols in Montana and Yellowstone National Park during the Field Season work tirelessly to safeguard buffalo in their native habitat and document threats to our National Mammal.

We proudly acknowledge our Indigenous foundation and leadership, actively supporting tribal treaty law and rights reserved by treaty, especially concerning the buffalo. We aim to amplify Indigenous voices as a core tenet of our organization’s philosophy. Indigenous leadership is essential to ecological restoration and the improvement of biodiversity.

Volunteer Experience:

As a volunteer, you will receive comprehensive training, necessary equipment, and guidance from experienced staff to engage in regular field patrols. Your mission will involve tracking, observing, and documenting bison behavior and movements, which we enter into an online database for further analysis.

To ensure a meaningful contribution, we require a minimum commitment of 2 weeks, with a preference for additional time. We offer flexible volunteering options to accommodate local, remote, and other conditions. Additionally, we provide an Internship Program for those seeking higher education credits. For more information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Buffalo Field Campaign Volunteer

Position Description:

During your stay, you will live with other volunteers and interns in a communal setting at BFC's Main Cabin, which also serves as our operations hub for meals, gear, and nightly meetings. You will use your personal expertise, common sense, education, and training to help these magnificent bison.

As a Winter Field Season Volunteer, your responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to:

Field Patrols

  • Observe and document bison data, movement, and behavior.
  • Utilize and maintain observation equipment/
  • Learn and effectively communicate BFC's positions to the public.
  • Document Federal and State actions impacting bison and other wildlife.

Communal Living

  • Contribute to maintaining a clean and safe living environment.

  • Assist with tasks such as chopping firewood and snow maintenance.

  • Participate in communal meal preparation and dishwashing.

  • Engage in cleaning common areas

Clerical Work

  • Answer phone calls and engage with the public.
  • Contribute to data entry for the BFC Wildlife Database and public communication.
  • Miscellaneous office duties.

Other Projects

  • Assist in repairing winter equipment and clothing.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of vehicles and infrastructure.
  • Support the organization of education booths, information tables, fundraisers, and similar events.
  • Share your unique skills, ideas, and projects!

Volunteers should be comfortable with circumstances including but not limited to extended wilderness outings, wildlife interactions, cold weather, and communal living. We encourage physical fitness, but we are accommodating to physical disabilities and other conditions.

Don't be deterred by the cold! We provide all necessary gear to keep you warm in the field, and our cozy log cabin is heated by wood stoves. You'll also have access to world-renowned winter recreation opportunities nearby, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, hot springs, and more! We patrol daily, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun too!

Apply now and become a part of our dedicated team working to protect the buffalo. If you are interested, please fill out our Volunteer Application form.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mailing Address: PO Box 957, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758

Phone: 406-646-0070

Please click the links below to complete our volunteer documents online:

Or print our volunteer documents and either:

  • Mail them back to us at:
    Buffalo Field Campaign, Volunteer
    PO Box 957
    West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
  • Scan and email them all back to us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Click here to download the BFC Camp Volunteer Application (PDF)
  • Click here to download the BFC Volunteer Agreement (PDF)

Have any questions about volunteering? Please contact us:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Address: PO Box 957, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
  • Phone: 406-646-0070


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Living Conditions and Support for Volunteers and Interns

Our headquarters are situated at an elevation of 6,600 feet above sea level, where you will experience challenging winter conditions, including heavy snow, wind, and sub-zero temperatures. View from camp overlooks that beautiful Hebgen Lake and Henrys Lake Mountains, while our cabins back up to the expansive Gallatin National Forest.

Detailed driving directions to our camp will be provided upon acceptance. We provide transportation to and from Bozeman during our weekly supply runs on Thursdays. If you are flying, we recommend using the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) which is located in Belgrade, Montana. There are also two Greyhound bus stops in Bozeman. Please discuss travel arrangements with BFC’s Volunteer Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Volunteers are encouraged (but not expected) to raise donations from their communities such as food, winter clothing, and fundraising.

All volunteers and interns will receive housing, meals, internet, and training. Accommodations are communal, with three rooms of beds available, some of which may be mixed-gender, and many of the bunks are only accessible by ladder. Wood stoves provide heating, and there are indoor bathrooms, hot showers, and laundry facilities. While privacy is limited, we respect quiet hours.

Our Volunteer Coordinator will help you plan your trip to get here, and help you settle in once you have arrived. Volunteers and Interns will receive and issue orientation presentation, field training, and guidance throughout their time here.

Food will be provided, and meals will be prepared cooperatively. We will work with any dietary restrictions or allergies, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, or omnivore. Our Kitchen Coordinator organizes and often prepares the meals, with volunteers and staff assisting when required. A little bonus is our specialty coffee, “Roam Free Roast,” provided by Coffalo, LLC.

Cell phone reception is extremely limited at our base camp, but we provide Wi-Fi and landline telephones that you can use. Strong cell phone reception can be found in West Yellowstone, just a short drive from base camp.

Our Committments:

Buffalo Field Campaign is committed to nonviolent principles, we do not support or condone violence in any way. In regards to this, all volunteers and interns must sign several agreements regarding conduct upon arrival

  • Release and Assumption of Risk Statement and Visitor Agreement Form
  • Volunteer Agreement Form
  • Behavioral Policies Agreement Form
  • Field Conduct Policy Agreement Form
  • Personal Information and Emergency Contact Form

Alcohol and Drug Use Policy:

Please refer to our Volunteer Agreement and Behavioral Policy Agreement guidelines on legal and responsible alcohol and drug use. Alcohol is prohibited in the Main Cabin, and individuals under the influence of alcohol are also not permitted. Marijuana use is legal in the State of Montana.

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

We actively practice the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at all times, ensuring the active participation, inclusion, and understanding of all communities.

Buffalo Field Campaign has a No New Dog Policy:

DO NOT BRING YOUR PETS without prior approval. Contact us if you have a service animal and we will make arrangements for you. This is because of past conflicts and out of respect for the wildlife near us. We love dogs and cats, we have no personal problems with them, but we have no choice. This place is our only home, and we can not afford to lose it. If you come here with your pet, you will leave.

Packing List

buffalo field campaign voluteers skiing park boundaryIt is important to note that cotton clothing is not preferable nor permitted as it can pose risks in cold, wet conditions. There is a phrase about this: COTTON KILLS! Please bring warm synthetic or wool socks and undergarments. Cotton is suitable for indoor wear, but when it gets wet, it loses insulation properties and can lead to hypothermia. We encourage volunteers to bring their own gear, but we also provide proper winter gear for Field Patrols and personal recreation, including cross-country skis, ski boots, and snowshoes.

Beginning Winter Gear List: (NO COTTON IS IDEAL)

Base Layers

  • Underwear
    • Long underwear, tights, or similar
  • Socks
    • Bring enough to layer, and preferably designed for extreme cold (ski socks),
  • Tops
    • Tight fitting, maybe exercise shirts or similar, preferably long-sleeve

Middle Layers

  • Bottoms
    • Sweatpants, joggers, exercise pants, etc. (Denim is cotton!)
    • Pants with liners or insulation
  • Tops
    • Thermals, flannels, pullover jackets, sweaters, crewnecks, hoodies, etc

Outer Layers

  • Boots
    • It must be waterproof!
    • Preferably with liner and designed for extreme cold (snowboots)
  • Head
    • Warm hats such as beanies, knit hats, etc
    • Balaclava, scarf, ear muffs, or other face and head coverings
    • Very important! The air can reach below -20F on patrols and can damage your lungs if you’re not careful
  • Hands
    • Liner gloves or medium gloves
    • Waterproof gloves or mitts (ski/snowboarding gloves are preferable)
  • Tops
    • Winter coat/jacket
    • Must be waterproof and insulated with material such as down, fleece, or synthetic
  • Bottoms
    • Waterproof pants
    • Ski/snow pants are preferable, but wool pants work well too

Other Gear

  • Daypack/backpack
  • Headlamp and Flashlight
  • Polarized sunglasses (it gets bright with the reflection of the snow)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lounge clothes
    • Pajamas, indoor shoes like slippers, and a swimsuit (there are hot springs in the area!)
  • Personal items, toiletries, etc
    • Lotion and lip balm are recommended; the air is dry here
    • Hand and toe warmers can be useful
  • Sleeping Bag or Bedding (if you want to bring your own, we have bedding here)
  • Personal entertainment
    • We recommend bringing books, games, a computer, or other hobbies to pass the time.
    • We have plenty of board games and books here to choose from!

If you cannot bring all of these things, please don't let that stop you from coming here to protect buffalo. We have plent of gear available for you to borrow during your stay.

Day in The Life

As a volunteer or intern, your daily routine will be both exciting and impactful. You will be expected to join approximately five Field Patrols each week, adapting to various factors such as buffalo activity, volunteer availability, and government actions. These patrols are fully equipped with observation, communication, and emergency equipment to ensure the safety of both humans and buffalo. Our goal is to watch over the bison, and expose the true nature of the management plan’s practices.

Morning Patrol:

Your day begins with the sunrise, as morning patrols set out after enjoying breakfast. Your mission is to monitor the buffalo until midday, keeping a vigilant eye on their behavior and well-being. Lunch often awaits the morning crew upon return.

Shift Change:

Following the morning patrol, the afternoon crew meets the active patrol in the field, ensuring continuous monitoring until nightfall. After a day of dedicated work, a hot, hearty dinner awaits you back at base camp.


Evenings are a time for camaraderie and reflection. As everyone gathers at camp, you share a meal, fostering connections with fellow volunteers and interns. These evenings also include our nightly meetings to discuss the day's events and plan for the following day. During the spring migration, night patrols may be required to provide around-the-clock protection for the buffalo. This additional effort ensures that the buffalo are safe during this critical period.

Supporting the Field Work:

While patrol teams are in the field, there's always work to be done at base camp. Volunteers are essential in tasks such as cleanup, cooking, radio duty, office work, data entry, gear maintenance, vehicle upkeep, and a variety of other projects that contribute to the buffalo's well-being. The spirit of cooperation and shared responsibilities is a hallmark of our community, making your experience all the more fulfilling.


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How to Help from Home

You can make a meaningful impact on the Buffalo Field Campaign and the bison without ever leaving your hometown. Here are several ways you can contribute:

  1. Donation Drive in Your Local Community:

    Engage local businesses, such as grocery stores, restaurants, gear or equipment stores, and general shops in your area, to consider donating items that we can use. We are always in need of food, new winter gear, and various household items. Buffalo Field Campaign is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and donations are tax-deductible, making it an excellent way for local businesses to support our cause.

  2. Amplify the Bison's Voice:

    Contact local media outlets and journalists to bring attention to the challenges that bison face. If you require assistance in terms of photos, videos, information, or compelling stories, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We can provide the resources needed to ensure that the issues impacting the buffalo receive the attention they deserve. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  3. Support a Volunteer from Afar:

    If joining us at our camp is not feasible for you, consider adopting a Buffalo Field Campaign Volunteer. Your support goes a long way, covering the costs of feeding, housing, and providing essential support to our dedicated volunteers in the field. Supporting a volunteer costs approximately $35 per week, contributing to keeping our crew well-fed, comfortably housed, and actively engaged in protecting the buffalo.

Your contribution, no matter how big or small, helps us continue our vital work in preserving these iconic creatures and their habitats. Thank you for being part of our mission to protect the buffalo.

More Volunteering Opportunites:
  • Internship Program
  • Summer Season; Outreach and Education in Yellowstone National Park
  • Road Show
  • Education and Outreach in Your Neighborhood


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