Bison is America’s National Mammal, symbolizing a vision of unity, resilience, and health for our country. At this tumultuous moment in history, we all need buffalo more than ever. Nearly wiped from existence by the forces of greed and injustice at the turn of the century, bison’s recovery is a story for us all to turn to and celebrate.
This year, we've decided that commemorating National Bison Day is not enough. Join us in a month long blow out for buffalo. Let’s celebrate these mammals through conversation, art, and collective action. Join us and be a part of a bold vision for the future: rewilding the North American bison from Canada to Mexico.
Throughout November, join bison supporters in celebrating these magnificent animals and building the movement to restore this icon. Check out the event schedule below and stay tuned as we post more links in the coming days.
Saturday, November 6 (recording available all month) Join WCS, Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, and our partners for stories about buffalo, reclaiming the Buffalo Way, articulating a vision for the future that draws on the wisdom and courage of Buffalo, and evoking Buffalo in our stories, films, literature, photographs, painting, and music.
Buffalo Voice: Mark Ruffalo Thank you David Yarrow, Riverhead LLC, Alec Brown & BC Smith
We can learn a lot from Buffalo and Nature. We’re all in this together. It’s time we work together.
Join the Wildlife Conservation Society and our partners to restore buffalo to their native land.
Buffalo turn into the wind during a storm, rather than away from it. Let’s face the wind like buffalo and together create the just, healthy world we need.
Face the Wind
Together, we can take challenges head on. Sign up and we'll keep you informed on how we can all contribute to bringing Buffalo back.
We invite you to lend your voice to foundational efforts underway in the United States to bring about the ecological and cultural restoration of wild bison and establish wild, wide-ranging herds that have the freedom to roam across North America, as they once did.
The Department of Interior (DOI) has demonstrated visionary leadership in the launch of its 2020 Bison Conservation Initiative (BCI). Please thank Secretary Bernhardt and the DOI Bison Working Group for their collaborative conservation leadership. Urge the Secretary to fully resource and implement the BCI.
We have a plan. Now we must take action to change the world.
To North America's native communities, relatives are those whose "movement through life and space complements yours in a natural dance that gives meaning to both your existences." The bison, he says, is one such relative.
Joseph Talachy, Roger Fragua, and Cristina Mormorunni for the Albuquerque Journal
"A species’ extinction or designating a national monument were huge triumphs in their time, but are no longer bold enough today."
Teri Loring Dahle is a photographer, artist, and the coordinator of the Iinnii Initiative, a push by the Blackfeet Nation and WCS to restore buffalo for the sake of the landscape and future generations.
Amethyst First Rider is a member of the Blood Tribe. "Iniskim is a sacred buffalo that came to a Blackfoot woman to tell her where the buffalo were for the men to go and hunt. Women have had a special relationship to buffalo."
Michael Garcia is a ranch hand with Pueblo of Pojoaque. "Bison are great animals. They are an amazing keystone species. Little bison calves can run in the first hour and cross rivers our horses cannot."
"Taking care of bison is part of the circle of life," says Herbey Rubio Suarez. of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Bison and Agriculture Program. "I want to teach people to care about bison and about agriculture."
Michael Kotutwa Johnson is a Hopi farmer and PhD. "There is really no difference in a mother bison taking care of her young as we Hopi farmers do with our corn. It is the nurturing aspect that supports new life. This bond is so deep that few people can understand when it comes to the stewardship of Indigenous people and how we view the world. However, it is the understanding I hope to accomplish in my work."
Buffalo is life and the Buffalo Way embodies the values necessary to sustain all life on Earth.
We are living through some of the most heart-breaking and chaotic times in human history. Like Buffalo, we need to Face the Wind during stormy times, rather than turn from it.
Join the Wildlife Conservation Society and our partners in reclaiming the Buffalo Way. We work to embody the language and culture of the Buffalo Way: Relationship. Respect. Reciprocity. Resilience. Reconnection. Rematriation. Reconciliation.
We invite you to tell us – how do you plan to turn and face the wind? How will you follow the Buffalo Way and work to protect all life? Share on social media with #FaceTheWind.
Now is the time to act. Let’s turn and face the wind TOGETHER like Buffalo, and cleave a new path to a just, equitable, and wild future for all of humanity and the wild beings who share our home planet.