Events at Visitor Center

Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

One of the ways FOMCI supports the wildlife refuge is by providing programming, exhibits and art to the Visitor Center in Rockland with grants and your donations. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays. The center also is open on the First Friday Art Walks in Rockland from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and on select evenings and Saturdays for events.  Come explore the center at 9 Water Street in Rockland, Maine. For more information, call 594-0600, ext. 5.



Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.

Microplastics in Seafood: Just How Many are Being Ingested?

Paty Matrai in the Antarctic

Paty Matrai in the Antarctic

Paty Matrai of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will talk about microplastics in seafood on Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center in Rockland.  There is an increasing global awareness of the presence of microplastics in ocean and coastal waters around the world; however, we know little on the impact microplastics have on phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain. We will discuss the effects of increasing concentrations of three plastics at three concentrations on three phytoplankton species. Matrai will then explore microplastics from a grazer’s perspective: to ingest or not to ingest? We will discuss sources and sinks of microplastics as well as current policies, legislation and possible actions pertaining to microplastics. Please join us in this conversation!  Attendance is by donation.

Friday, May 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Open Reception for Conservation Artists

There will be an opening art reception for three conservation artists on Friday, May 5 from 5-8 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Art Gallery. 

Atlantic Puffin in Profile, photo by Kirk M. Rogers

Atlantic Puffin in Profile, photo by Kirk M. Rogers

Kirk Rogers’ photography covers the natural world from Macro work to deep sky objects captured through telescopes and specialized equipment and most things in between. His subjects cover anything that catches his eye with a specialty in birds and astrophotography.


Karen Talbot is a Rockland-based award-winning scientific illustrator and fine artist best known for her work with fishes. This show celebrates what may be considered the most important fishes in the State: Maine’s native sea-run fishes. This show aims to raise awareness about the conservation status of these species, many of which are overlooked.


Boys in a Canoe, Nggela Islands, Solomon Islands, Photo by Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a Rockland-based award-winning journalist and photographer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. This show looks at the interaction between reefs and reef-side communities in developing island nations of the tropical Pacific. From both above and below water, his images capture the beauty of coral reefs, and the sometimes not-so-beautiful realities of reef-side communities.

Check out the programs coming up through the Spring.  For more information about programs, sign up for our e-newsletter or email request to (unless specified, programming is free of charge, although donations are appreciated to support the work of FOMCI)