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 2018 highlights.
Click on the Upcoming Events to see what is happening at Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center in Rockland.
Volunteer Orientation at the Visitor Center
Here is a way to deepen your understanding of our coastal islands and wildlife while providing a valuable service to your local wildlife refuge. Become a volunteer at the Visitor Center of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Rockland. We especially need help for the summer season, but there are volunteer opportunities year-round. There will be an orientation session on Tuesday, June 4 from 3-5 p.m. The Friends’ group provides a docent program for the wildlife refuge where volunteers can welcome visitors, tell them about the work of seabird conservation, demonstrate how birds are tracked, and connect the beauty of our natural world through the art gallery, along with many other activities. Register or call for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 594-0600 x5. If you are unable to come to the orientation, but wish to become part of the Maine Coastal Islands team at the Visitor Center, please contact us.
FUNraising Events for 2019!
Your favorite events are scheduled for 2019. Be sure to add these dates to your calendar and look for more details as we get closer to the events. Support FOMCI and support Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge while having fun!
Annual Seabird Cruise to Petit Manan Island
Sunday, July 14, 4-6 p.m. Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. once again is teaming up with FOMCI to offer this spectacular trip from Bar Harbor to Petit Manan Island to view the puffins, terns, razorbills and much more. This fundraising trip includes lovely appetizers, an auction and a chance to talk with refuge staff and volunteer naturalists.
Fins, Feathers & Fur – Maine Coastal Wildlife Juried Art Show
Saturday, July 27 – For art wildlife lovers, this is a fun event to participate in and view. Drop off your art in the morning or by appointment earlier in the week (donation is $25 per art piece, or $10 for students), and then come view the show at it’s opening that same evening. Those who come see the show get to vote for People’s Choice. Get creating your critter now! Any type of Maine Coastal Wildlife is acceptable including our invertebrates! Call or email for guidelines and entry form – 594-0600 x5 or email@example.com.
Expedition Trip to the Arctic from Svalbard
Join Rupert Pilkington, Expedition Trip Leader, Polar Bear Specialist, Naturalist & Arctic Guide for your dream trip! There are a few spaces left on the August & September 2019 trips. We also are planning trips for 2020 and beyond. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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: email@example.com
We also manage a beautiful art gallery at the Visitor Center. Join us for First Friday Art Walks in Rockland to view art that inspires and supports our conservation message. We are open from 4-7 p.m. – see us first and then head downtown. Note: Art opening for August will be Saturday, July 27, 4-7 p.m.
Summer Island Interns
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.