Mass Audubon has named Marblehead resident Carole McCauley its new North Shore Regional Director, responsible for the statewide conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries from Newburyport to Nahant.
McCauley comes to Mass Audubon from The Trustees, where she served as Engagement Manager at The Crane Estate in Ipswich since 2018. There, she produced a range of programs and events for a variety of audiences, focusing on natural and cultural history, climate resilience, conservation, and stewardship.
McCauley, who has already started her new job, succeeds Dr. Amy Weidensaul, who was promoted to Senior Regional Director, Coastal, last year and now oversees Mass Audubon’s coastal properties from the North Shore to the South Coast, including Cape Cod and the Islands.
From 2010 to 2018, McCauley was engaged as the Outreach Program Coordinator at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, during which time she also served for three years as the Metro Boston Regional Coordinator with the MassBays Estuary Partnership.
Her tenures at the Crane Estate and in Nahant only deepened her familiarity with—and affection for—the region. McCauley is a longtime resident of the North Shore and presently serves on the town’s Conservation Commission and on the Salem Sound Coastwatch Board of Directors. Her connection with Mass Audubon is equally meaningful; as a child, she was a camper at its Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln and strengthened those early ties with nature in part through exploration of the conservation organization’s other sanctuaries.
“To my former camp counselors, I would say, ‘It worked!'” McCauley said. “To be a part of this organization feels like coming full circle, and I am deeply appreciative of Mass Audubon’s longtime commitment to fostering environmental stewardship today and for tomorrow.”
“Given her depth of professional experience, leadership abilities and vision, and passion for our mission, Carole is a terrific addition to Mass Audubon,” Weidensaul said. “I look forward to working with her to expand our work and impact across the North Shore and beyond.”
As regional director, McCauley will oversee numerous wildlife sanctuaries on the North Shore, including Marblehead Neck. She is also responsible for Joppa Flats in Newburyport, Rough Meadows in Rowley, Eastern Point in Gloucester, Kettle Island in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Endicott in Wenham, Ipswich River in Topsfield, and Nahant Thicket in Nahant.