FAIRFIELD — Nelson North, a resident of the Southport section of town, has been named director of the Connecticut Audubon Society, which has extensive holdings in the town.

North has been the organization’s director of Fairfield operations since 2007.

North will oversee a staff of approximately 30 working at Connecticut Audubon properties in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury and Pomfret, comprising 19 sanctuaries that encompass 2,600 acres. The group also is in the process of establishing a center in the Old Lyme-Essex area.

In Fairfield, Connecticut Audubon operates the Audubon Center at Fairfield and Larsen Sanctuary on Burr Street and the Birdcraft Museum on Unquowa Road.

North succeeds Alexander R. Brash, who had been appointed to the post in 2013 and resigned in February

"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," Peter Kunkel, chairman of the Connecticut Audubon Board of Directors, said in a statement announcing the appointment. "We think the time is right to do more, with more members, and Nelson will lead us there."

“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,” North said in the statement. “Our members and supporters have made it clear that that's what they expect, and we're confident we will do so."