Archbold Purchases Buck Island Ranch

Buck Island Ranch cattle operation.

Thirty years ago, a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch. Bridging this scientific and cultural divide has resulted in a series of transformative scientific discoveries that have begun to reshape approaches to agriculture, sustainability, and conservation in the 21st century. Archbold is pleased to announce that we have taken advantage of a tremendous opportunity to purchase Buck Island Ranch from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, making the Ranch part of Archbold forever. Archbold is thrilled to make this announcement, one that preserves and protects this important piece of Florida's heritage and natural habitat, and advances science and conservation in Florida and beyond. Buck Island Ranch is a natural laboratory to conduct scientific fieldwork here and throughout the vast ranchlands that form the headwaters of the Everglades. We need your help. Click here to help Archbold with our fundraising efforts to complete this amazing purchase.