Conservationist joins Audubon as director of Fairfield, Milford operations

Rick Boucher

Rick Boucher

FAIRFIELD >> The Connecticut Audubon Society has named longtime resident Rick Boucher to lead its two busiest centers, in Fairfield and Milford, as well as its historic Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield.

Boucher, an outdoorsman with a career in packaging, takes over in Fairfield from Nelson North, who was named executive director of Connecticut Audubon last year. At the Coastal Center at Milford Point, he replaces Cathy Hagadorn, who will be reassigned.

Boucher is vice president, and past president, of the Connecticut Waterfowl Association; is on the Connecticut Migratory Bird Stamp Committee; and was a founding member of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Turn in Poachers program.

Boucher will oversee a staff of about 10, in addition to seasonal camp and education workers, at The Center at Fairfield and the Milford center. He will also be involved in plans for renovating and reopening the Birdcraft Museum.

“Rick is well-known in the community, he has a hard-working staff of professionals to rely on, and he’ll be a wonderful ambassador to our members and visitors,” North said.

“On top of that, he knows his birds and he has a long record as a conservationist. We couldn’t have made a better choice.”

His career most recently included positions as national sales manager/Eastern region for Artistic Carton and national sales manager for Keenpac North America LLC.