Mass Audubon has named Mary Griffin, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game and a longtime official with the state environmental agencies, as its regional director for the Southeast, Cape and Islands.

The region encompasses more than a dozen Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, including Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha's Vineyard, located on 194-acres of land on Sengekontacket Pond. Felix Neck offers programs, classes and activities and has run Fern and Feeather Summer Day Camp since 1964.

Ms. Griffin most recently served as executive director of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition. “I’m both humbled and gratified to join this respected conservation organization in its mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife,” Ms. Griffin said in a press release.

Mass Audubon was founded in 1896 by Harriet Lawrence Hemenway and Minna B. Hall with the purpose of discouraging buying and wearing items with feathers of wild birds. Today the organization cares for 35,000 acres of conservation land, provides educational programs for 225,000 children each year, and advcocates for the environment. For more information visit