MOUNT DESERT — The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary is pleased to welcome William “Billy” Helprin Jr. as its new director. He replaces David Lamon, director for 15 years, who has taken a job with the Herring Gut Institute in Port Clyde. Helprin has lived on Mount Desert Island for the past 13 years, where he has focused on helping people build connections to nature through his various professional and volunteer experiences. He has worked for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust as the MDI regional land steward since 2009, engaging with multiple local agencies to increase awareness, understanding and a sense of stewardship for the ecological complexities of the places we care about on this island. He will assume leadership of the sanctuary’s established programs, including island-wide loon population monitoring, alewife fish way restoration, courtesy boat inspection for invasive plants, water quality monitoring, community education and care of the sanctuary’s trails.