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 2016 highlights.

Greeter for Pies on Parade

Friends support Pies on Parade
Sunday, January 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center will be open for Pies on Parade ticket holders.  The Friends’ group will be serving up Petit Manan pie (chocolate-mint) and sharing information about that island for pie-tasters.  One of our seabirds will be greeting people as they come in.  We are delighted to be supporting this event and helping to raise funds for the AIO Food Pantry.  Go to Pies on Parade to purchase your ticket, and drop by for a taste of Petit Manan Island!

For more information about the Friends’ group and our activities, contact info@mainecoastislands.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!


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@mainecoastislands.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.