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.


Come to Flatbread Company in Rockport on Tuesday, October 22, 5-9 p.m.

and support the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your friends and enjoy pizza and help our seabirds! For every pizza you purchase (both in-house and take-out), FOMCI receives a slice in the form of cash! And then we are able to help Maine Coastal Islands NWR work to sustain and grow colonies of puffins and other seabirds on the wild islands of Maine. Hope to see you there!



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 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

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.