Paul Wells is a musician, writer, and photographer who retired to West Kennebunk in 2010 after serving for 25 years as the founding director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro. He grew up on a farm in Cummington, Massachusetts, and credits his late father, Francis, for instilling in him a lifelong interest in birds and the natural world in general.
While in Tennessee he was active in the John W. Sellars chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. In addition to being an active birder Wells has a strong interest in the history of ornithology and wildlife painting, with a particular focus on the life and work of Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. He maintains — somewhat sporadically! — a birding blog, “The Morning Thrush.” He lives in West Kennebunk with his wife, Sally, who is also an active birder.