Allison Wells

Allison Wells, Senior Director, Public Affairs & Communications

Allison WellsAllison is responsible for NRCM’s organization-wide communications, leading the team that produces a range of materials, from Maine Environment newsletter and brochures to NRCM’s website and social media. She works with like-minded businesses on co-branded initiatives designed to inform and engage the public about opportunities to make a difference protecting Maine’s environment. Before coming to NRCM, Allison was the Communications Director for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. A 12th generation Mainer, she and her husband Jeff are the authors of the books Maine’s Favorite Birds (Tilbury House Publishers) and Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao: a Site and Field Guide (Cornell University Press), and they write a weekly birding column for the Boothbay Register. She lives in Gardiner with her husband, son, and two indoor cats.

My Favorite Way to Enjoy Maine: Birding! And kayaking Maine’s lovely lakes and rivers, and exploring our ever-changing ocean beaches. Our state has so many beautiful natural areas—my family and I take every opportunity we can to enjoy them.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Peppermint Patty at the Goose Rocks Dairy Bar in Kennebunkport

“…For to come upon warblers in early May
Was to forget time and death:
How they filled the oriole’s elm, a twittering restless cloud, all one morning,
And I watched and watched till my eyes blurred…”
—Theodore Roethke, from “The Far Field”

And: While at Cornell, I was the vocalist for a 20-piece jazz band that performed around Upstate New York and on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Why I Do This Work

“My family has lived in Maine going back hundreds of years. The idea that I can help protect this beautiful place and its way of life not only for my son but for generations to come compels me every single day.”