Hello and Good Morning.
I haven't fed and watered yet, but most likely will get it done before we get to the end of this.
Today we are going to try something slightly different, not going to be pimping our American bison products, I figure that unless you are one of the 129 people who signed up for this newsletter yesterday you probably know where to order things. (If you are one of those 129 people, I should warn you that I really have no clue what is going to be presented in this each day. I really prefer to share things we find interesting instead of just being a BWC commercial once a week.)
Instead, since this is "Giving Tuesday" I thought it might be more appropriate to give some other folks a shout out and use our list of amazing and interesting people (yes, this means you) to help out some other entrepreneurs and give a little exposure bump. Yes, it is "Off Message" but since I probably won't get fired over this, I am just going to do what I want.
I hope you enjoy the tidbits today.
Ron & T
Best of Bison: "National Buffalo Foundation"
In the spirit of "Giving Tuesday" this is the first thing that comes to mind. The NBF has been driving bison research and helping to educate ranchers and consumers since its inception.
I know I did a bit on the "Bison Center for Excellence" the other day, and that is probably the pinnacle project with the most potential for advancement of bison, but it isn't all that the NBF does.
The NBF is the driving force behind modern bison ranching research and conservation of preservation herds.
Just a couple of the NBFs current projects:
"Bison" the exhibit.
BISON creates an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal.
This exhibit originally toured as The Bison: American Icon through the NEH on the Road program, based on a project by the C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana. The National Buffalo Foundation acquired the exhibit at the end of this tour. Refurbished and updated, it is available to museums across the US and Canada to tell the tragic history of this majestic animal, its rescue from near extinction, and the story of people across North America working to preserve the bison as a vibrant part of our future.
(personal note: the exhibit is currently in Weatherford TX, where we live, maybe make a trip and see it, possibly visit RATHranch while you are at it)
Bison Genome Sequencing Project at Texas A&M
Custer State Park Interpretive Signage
The National Buffalo Foundation is the proud sponsor of bison interpretive signage displayed throughout Custer State Park in South Dakota. Its interpretive programs are part of the exciting array of features that rank Custer State Park as one of the World’s Top Ten Wildlife Destinations. These include access to a wide variety of wildlife including its famous bison herds, as well as its scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centers, fishing lakes, resorts and campgrounds.
Vore Buffalo Jump
The National Buffalo Foundation is a supporter of the Vore Buffalo Jump, a site of great archaeological and historical importance in northeastern Wyoming. The “jump” is a natural sinkhole used by Native American hunters as an efficient way to take bison. The hunters stampeded bison into the pit, which was deep enough to kill or disable the animals.
The site is named for the Vore family land it lies on, along the interface of the Black Hills and Northern Great Plains. It was discovered during construction of U.S. Interstate 90, near Sundance, Wyoming.
Archeologists believe at least five Plains Indian tribes used the site as a kill and butcher location over a 300-year period ranging from the 1500s to 1800s. Ten tons of bones removed during excavation of the site represent only about five percent of its estimated contents, the remains of 20,000 bison.
In addition to Vore Buffalo Jump’s value to historians, archeologists and bison researchers, it enriches the educational experience of hundreds if not thousands of students from kindergarten through university who visit the site each summer. Vore Buffalo Jump is also one of the area’s popular tourist attractions.
(the NBF funds the scholarships awarded)
SO, if you are in a position to be able to donate, we believe this is a worthy cause, we personally give our time and money in support of the NBF.