Saturday, April 23, 2011

Honoring barb Abramo / Mother's Day Reminder

Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field
and in the policy arena to protect America's last wild bison.
Dear Sharon,
As you know, BFC lost a very close family member in March with the passing of barb Abramo. She was a mother, a best friend, and a strong example to many of us. As BFC's Office Coordinator she communicated with hundreds of our supporters, sending a hand-written thank you for each and every donation. barb first raised her voice for wild bison in April 1992, Nineteen years ago this month. She never shied from expressing her thoughts and feelings, and believed passionately in the Yellowstone buffalo's right to be wild and migrate freely.
barb's companion Phil Morton died in 2003. Every year on his birthday, April 22, barb honored his memory with an Earth Day message asking family and friends to support Buffalo Field Campaign. We thought it would be fitting to do the same for barb, and have created a special page in her memory. Click to view video, photos, her Earth Day message from 2005, and short memories of barb shared by BFC supporters.

Three Ways You Can Help the Buffalo in barb's Memory
1. In addition to visiting barb's page, we are asking you to honor her memory by taking action to prevent the slaughter of any of the more than 660 wild buffalo currently being held in captivity near Yellowstone's northern boundary. Send a message to Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk and urge him to release all the Yellowstone bison currently being held in the traps and pens.

2. The next month will be very difficult as we run patrols in both West Yellowstone and Gardiner, bearing witness to and opposing ever-intensifying government actions against the buffalo. To support our field work this spring we have created a special donation page where you can make a contribution in barb's memory.

3. Send a Mother's Day card to someone special in your life and support BFC in the process. Click the link or see below for information and a photo of this year's card.
* Deadline to Send a Hand-Crafted Mother's Day Card is Monday, 4/25

Click on photo to view full size image.
Buffalo Field Campaign is happy to announce the return of our immensely popular Mother's Day card fundraiser. With the recent passing of barb abramo, BFC's Office Coordinator and one of two women who gave incredible amounts of time, energy, and passion to make this project possible, we weren't sure if we would be able to offer cards this year. But when Kathleen Stachowski--the artist whose vision and dedication gave rise to this popular fundraiser--told us that she wanted to make a special card this year, we knew that it would be the perfect way to honor barb's memory.

For just $15 Buffalo Field Campaign will send one of these beautifully designed and hand-colored cards to the recipient of your choice. Please scroll down for details and remember that the deadline for ordering is Monday, April 25. We will send the cards to arrive by Mother's Day, May 8.

Spring is the season of rebirth, and this year’s card embraces the miracle! Our hand-made, hand-colored Mother’s Day card features a copy of an original drawing—a flower bedecked baby bison—and a Walt Whitman quote: “As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles.”

The sentiment inside reads:
“Where there is great love there are always miracles.”~Willa Cather

A gift has been made in your honor by


to further the work of Buffalo Field Campaign for a miraculous animal.


The drawing, entitled “barb’s baby bison,” is a loving tribute to BFC’s recently departed Office Coordinator barb abramo (who insisted on no capital letters). While never a mother herself, she was heartily committed to all endeavors to raise babies—human or animal—in peace.

When you send a card to the special women in your life—whether or not they are mothers—you celebrate the miracle of spring, the miracle of birth and rebirth that is our shared experience, and the miracle of a new generation of bison—born into the only place on Earth where a wild bison herd has survived continuously since prehistoric times. You also fund the work of BFC as we protect and defend these shaggy miracles.

Our cards, suitable for all the nurturing women in your life, are copies of a hand-drawn original; each one is colored by hand. For your minimum donation of $15 per card, we'll send one to the recipient(s) of your choice, timed to arrive before Mother's Day. (A note on the envelope flap will advise the recipient to open on May 8th!)

Our card-maker has committed to crafting a limited number of cards; to ensure that your special recipient receives a BFC card, please order early.

To place your order, click HERE. We must receive your order by Monday, April 25. Remember to clearly state the name and address of the person/people you'd like us to send the card to as well as any message you'd like us to write in the card.

For the Buffalo,
Dan Brister
Executive Director
Buffalo Field Campaign

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