Welcome to the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge!

We are a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local individuals dedicated to supporting the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.  Check out our 2015 highlights.


Laurie Sproul of Canton shows her exquisite floral wood sculptures at the gallery this past May.

Laurie Sproul of Canton showed her exquisite floral wood sculptures at the gallery this past May.

Best Kept Secret: Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery

Located at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 9 Water Street in Rockland, Maine.   This art gallery is managed by the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR.  All proceeds for art purchased support both the artists and the Friends group.   The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, and on the first Friday Art Walks in Rockland from 5-8 p.m.   Also the gallery is open when programs are being held at the center.

This professional art gallery has new shows in May, August and November.  If you are an artist who does work reflecting the beauty of our natural world and conservation and would like to be considered for an exhibition, contact the Friends at info@maineseabirds.org or (207) 594-0600, ext. 5.

 


Great news!

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge was recently selected as the third most popular National Wildlife Refuge in the country in a 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. You can see the full list of winners by clicking here.

Thanks for your votes and check out our great new video about the refuge!


Programs

We sponsor programs at the Visitor Center of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge at 9 Water Street in Rockland, Maine.

If you would like to receive e-alerts of upcoming programs for families and/or adults, please contact us: info@maineseabirds.org


Art Gallery

We also manage a beautiful art gallery at the Visitor Center. Join us for First Friday Art Walks in Rockland from 5-8 p.m. to view art that inspires and supports our conservation message.


Summer Island Interns

Intern with Bird
FOMCI supports the Refuge by contributing funds for seabird research and supporting student interns working on the seabird nesting islands during the summer. These interns are critical to the nesting success of our seabirds, protecting them from disturbance by humans and predators.

With the help of laptops that FOMCI purchased the summer island interns blog about their daily experiences. The blog can be found here.


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