A bird enthusiast who has built beach fencing in Stratford to protect the nests of piping plovers, Allan Welby, has been named to the town Conservation Commission.\u201cI\u2019m a bird nerd. I have a love of the outdoors,\u201d Welby told the selectmen. \u201cWhenever I\u2019m not working, I\u2019m doing something outdoors.\u201dA 13-year Ridgefield resident who lives on Old Sib Road, Welby is a member of the Connecticut Ornithological Association and a past president of the Chicago Ornithological Society.He\u2019s a volunteer monitor for the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, which led to his work on the protection of piping plovers.\u201cThis past month, worked on constructing string fencing at Long Beach, Stratford, to protect nesting piping plovers,\u201d he wrote in seeking the conservation seat. \u201cThroughout the past few summers, observed and collected data on nesting plovers, along with educating beachgoers regarding the project.\u201dHe has led field trips to \u201cbirding hotspots\u201d for the Connecticut Ornithological Association, the New Haven Bird Club and the Discovery Center of Ridgefield.Welby also said he\u2019d worked with former Conservation Commission member Ben Oko on the Ridgefield Natural Resource Inventory. He describes himself as an \u201cexperienced hiker and member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.\u201dSelectmen Steve Zemo said that although the town is approaching its goal of 30 percent open space, preserving the last three to five percent would be difficult.\u201cWould you be able to support a bond issue for open space?\u201d Zemo asked.Welby sounded open to the idea.\u201cWhenever anyone in the town is surveyed, they prioritize open space,\u201d he said. \u201cBut when I see the town budget, it doesn\u2019t seem open space is prioritized.\u201dHe will take the seat vacated by Timothy Bishop, who wrote to Conservation Commission Chairman Jim Coyle saying, \u201cI will respectfully step aside in anticipation of my candidacy to the future Inland Wetlands Board.\u201dAfter interviewing him, the selectmen voted unanimously at their June 19 meeting to name Welby to the vacancy on the nine-member Conservation Commission.