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.

Friends receive award!

Charlie Walsh, Board Chair; Carla Skinder, Board member; and Carney McRae Doucette, Outreach Coordinate receiving award at the Wildlife Society meeting.

The Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge recently received the 2017 Award of Recognition from the Maine Chapter of the Wildlife Society at their annual meeting in Holden.  The group was recognized for their outstanding support of the refuge through advocacy, fundraising, outreach and education, volunteer coordination, and land acquisition support.  Brian Benedict, Refuge Manager commented, “Our Friends group fulfills so many critical functions that the refuge could never do alone.  I am very proud to see them receive this well-deserved award.”


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.