Andy Griffith is the founder of Plum Island Outdoors.

Bill Sargent and Sandy Tilton contribute time and energy to Plum Island Outdoors.  Bill is the “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) on beach erosion, in particular with Plum Island.  Sandy walks just about every day on Plum Island taking pictures and shooting video.  Sandy is to taking photographs as Bill is about writing books.  Both are prolific in their mediums of choice!

Andy Griffith,

Andy at the Hellcat Interpretive Trail

Andy Griffith is the founder of Plum Island Outdoors. He is a volunteer at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and is a lifetime member of the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.  He was a board member of the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge from 2011 until 2015, serving as Secretary (Clerk), Treasurer, Vice President, Webmaster, and Social Media Director.  Basically, he kept the organization going.  Andy graduated from Friends Academy 8, a week-long residential course run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for selected board members of Friends of National Wildlife Refuges.   Topics covered forming 501(c)(3) Certified Nonprofit Organizations, Board Development, working with a Government Organization, and Fundraising strategies.  Mr. Griffith implements Websites for several nonprofits in addition to running their Social Media.

Bill Sargent,

Bill Sargent on Newburyport Daily News’ Local Pulse podcast

is the author of over 20 books about science and the environment, including “Islands in the Storm”, “Plum Island 4000 Years on a Barrier Beach”, “Plum Island 2016”, and “Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health”.  His latest book is “Coastal Discoveries”.

Bill is a board member of Plum Island Outdoors, Inc. and leads beach tours with and nature photographer Sandy Tilton.
Bill’s c
areer: National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD, director, 1974-75; Francis W. Sargent Productions, Watertown, MA, president, 1977-81; writer, 1981—. Marine ecologist and biologist; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, research assistant; Sierra Club, caucus representative at Land of the Seas Conference, 1974; International Oceanographic Foundation, member. Taught at Harvard University and Briarwood Center for Marine Biology; lecturer; consultant to television series Nova, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA, 1979; science reporter for the television program “Omni.”

MEMBER: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Littoral Society.

Sandy Tilton,

is the Official Photographer for Plum Island Outdoors.  Sandy grew up in Ipswich and spent most of her free time at Crane Beach,  Crane Castle, and Plum Island,  particularly Sandy Point,  of course!  Sandy’s first camera, was an old Kodak Brownie (which she still has),  that belonged to her mother.  Sandy took that camera everywhere she could.  It finally stopped working when Sandy got sand in the Brownie while trying to take pictures of the waves (surprise!)  Sandy fascination with nature photography became a good combination.  “not all who wander,  are lost”, became words for her to live by.   Sandy has lived in many places,  far from here and traveled all over the country hiking.  Sandy is grateful every day,  to be back “home” in this beautiful place and to now have the time to wander again, with a camera!!

Sandy is an exhibitor in the auditorium at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Visitor Center.  Her first exhibit was called “The Beauty of Change”.   The photographs showed erosion and Climate Change as a natural phenomenon.  The exhibit ran from Mid April 2017 through the end of June.