Andy Brown, founder of Caretta Nature Tours, has been a Naturalist for Calvert County Natural Resources Division in southern Maryland since 1987. He pursued a B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Frostburg State University and upon graduation, began his career as a Naturalist with Calvert County, Maryland where he was afforded the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong commitment to the preservation of the beauty and worth of the natural world. By conducting nature interpretive programs for school groups and the community at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Flag Ponds Nature Park, and Kings Landing Park, he achieved his goal to enlighten both children and adults to see the natural world with an enhanced appreciation.
Over the years, Andy continued his studies on local wildlife. He coordinates a county-wide Bluebird nest box monitoring program, is the compiler for the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, is the county coordinator for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas and is the regional first responder for the Maryland Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Network. He founded and was first chair for the Southern Maryland Audubon Society’s Raptor Conservation Committee. Additionally, Andy currently is conducting studies on Saw-Whet Owls, Barn Owls, American Kestrels and breeding birds of the region.
In the early 1990‘s Andy broadened his goals to maximize his impact on his field. He began by leading nature tours to natural areas in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 1995 he guided a birding trip to the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and began sea turtle trips in 2000. (See the destination page for past trip details.) Andy’s excitement and love of nature is felt by all of his trip participants and is evidenced in the following quote from Andy regarding Caretta’s mission.
“The natural world is filled with wondrous phenomena. Many people spend their entire lives never even knowing it exists. It is my mission to share with everyone this beautiful natural world and hope that they too will build a deep emotional connection with the life around us. To guide a baby sea turtle back to the ocean to begin its life at seas is an experience everyone should have.” -Andy Brown