The Connecticut Audubon Society announced today that Nelson North of Southport\u00a0has been appointed executive director of the organization. North has served as Connecticut Audubon's director of Fairfield operations since 2007. North will oversee a staff of approximately 30, based in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, and Pomfret, and will continue the organization's efforts to establish a center in the Old Lyme-Essex area. The Connecticut Audubon Society's mission is to conserve the state's birds and their habitats. It manages 19 sanctuaries covering 2,600 acres, conducts an award-winning outdoor science education program (called Science in Nature) for students across the state, and operates four summer day camps. Its staff boasts the best science educators, birders, and conservationists in the region. "Nelson provides us with solid and steady leadership at a time when we are working hard to protect and improve Connecticut's remaining natural areas," said Peter Kunkel, chairman of the Board of Directors. "We think the time is right to do more, with more members, and Nelson will lead us there." North said, "I can assure all our members and everyone who is concerned about conservation in Connecticut that the Connecticut Audubon Society will continue to be a leader and will build on our successes. Our members and supporters have made it clear that that's what they expect, and we're confident we will do so." North succeeds Alexander R. Brash, who resigned in February.