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Patrick Comins, a Leader in Conservation for Two Decades, is Named Executive Director of Connecticut Audubon

Patrick Comins will become executive director on July 17. Photo courtesy of Scott Kruitbosch.

Fairfield, June 28, 2017 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has named Patrick Comins, a leading authority on the conservation of the state’s birds and the habitats that support them, as its executive director, the organization’s Board of Directors announced today.

Comins will lead the organization as it focuses on inspiring an ever-greater spirit of conservation statewide, through its education programs, citizen science initiatives, and habitat improvement projects, and at its seven centers and 20 sanctuaries.

Known for his abiding passion for birds and the environment, Comins started his career by conducting bird surveys for the Connecticut Audubon Society, and is currently director of bird conservation for Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society. (The Connecticut Audubon Society, founded in 1898, is an independent organization that predates the formation of the National Audubon Society.)

He will begin his new position on July 17, replacing Nelson North, who is retiring after 10 years as director of Fairfield operations and executive director.

“Our goal was to find an executive director with an impeccable record of success as a conservationist and a reputation for integrity and leadership throughout the state – and we are confident that we found him in Patrick Comins,” said Peter Kunkel, chairman of Connecticut Audubon’s Board of Directors.

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