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 2017 highlights.

Click on the Upcoming Events to see what is happening at Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center in Rockland.

Dream Trip to the High Arctic for 2019 – Booking now!

   Contact FOMCI, and we will put you in touch with our expedition trip leader.  Come learn how you can take a dream trip to the High Arctic and support the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR on Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center.  Rupert Pilkington, Arctic guide and polar bear specialist, will be leading two expedition-style trips in late summer and fall of 2019 to the Norwegian High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.  Imagine traveling through a trackless, pristine wilderness devoid of people or infrastructure, where it is possible to observe extraordinary wildlife in its natural habitat over 10 days with a small group and expert guides. If these trips are of interest to you and you would like to know more about them, please join us for an informal slideshow and question and answer session. 

For more information about the Friends’ group and our activities, contact info@mainecoastislands.org or (207) 594-0600, ext. 5.


Learn more about Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and see why the Friends work so hard to support these wild islands.


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 usually 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.