Key People


Andy Griffith is the founder of Plum Island Outdoors.

Bill Sargent contributes time and energy to Plum Island Outdoors.  Bill is the “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) on beach erosion, particularly with Plum Island.  Bill is prolific in both writing articles and books!  Mr. Sargent now has a Substack, “William’s Substack.”  He writes about science and the environment.

Andy Griffith,
Andy at the Hellcat Interpretive Trail

Andy Griffith is the founder of Plum Island Outdoors. He volunteers 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.  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 Friends of National Wildlife Refuges board members.   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 and runs their Social Media.

MEMBER: American Association for the Advancement of Science

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 “Terror By Error? The Covid Chronicles”.

Bill is a board member of Plum Island Outdoors, Inc. and leads beach toursView Bill’s “Sand Talk” on Plum Island Beach Erosion here.

Bill’s career: 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.

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