Director, William Helprin

William (Billy) took over the Director’s role from David Lamon in the summer of 2015. Prior to working for the Sanctuary he was Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Regional Steward for Mount Desert Island where he managed 15 preserves, monitored 50 conservation easements and worked with many area partners and volunteers on conservation, education, trail, community garden, invasive plant, and research projects.  Billy has worked with area teachers and partners to develop worthwhile educational programs since moving to MDI in 2002. Prior to living in Maine he taught science for Canton City Schools in Ohio, studied bison and elk on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming, desert bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, and large mammal ecology in Kenya. He also taught many field science classes with students of all ages while with the Teton Science School, Great Plains Wildlife Institute, and independently. Billy has always been a birder and greatly enjoys sharing the lifelong learning process and field experiences with others.