The Maine Coastal Islands Visitor Center and Headquarters in Rockland is currently closed in the interest of public health & safety. Check the status of the refuge trails and visitor center here: CLICK FOR UPDATES

Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center

Located at 9 Water Street, Rockland, Maine

The Maine Coastal Islands Visitor Center and Headquarters in Rockland is currently closed in the interest of public health & safety. Check the status of the refuge trails and visitor center here:

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. – Icebreakers, Zodiacs, and Elephant Seals: Antarctic Science and Life as a Marine Technician with Joee Patterson – register on Zoom at http://bit.ly/marinetechnician.  The program also will be streamed on the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR Facebook page.

Antarctica is home to some of the most inaccessible places on earth.  The harsh environment, alien landscapes, unique inhabitants, and sheer vastness of this continent are difficult to imagine, much less truly comprehend, and yet all these things are crucial components to our understanding of a rapidly changing planet.  Scientists are studying everything from microscopic planktonic life to glaciers that would dwarf the state of Maine to better understand the history and potential future of this frozen continent, and behind every scientist is a team of field technicians who keep the project up and running in some of the harshest conditions on earth.

Joee will share stories of life on an icebreaker, a sampling of the scientific expeditions that she has facilitated, and of course, close encounters with the wildlife. This lecture will give a brief overview of Marine Operations for the US Antarctic Program, and a discussion of the science conducted on these missions (from the perspective of a layperson) combined with personal stories and observations.

Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.  –  Science Communication through Art with Jill Pelto, Climate Change Artist. More details including registration via Zoom coming in January.

START your art project TODAY – Juried Nature Art Show – Evoking the Magic of Maine’s Coast & Islands – May 2021 – Themes of abundance, beauty & change. Support FOMCI and have your art, if selected, hang in the Art Gallery at our Visitor Center in Rockland during the month of May.  For all ages, most media accepted.  Contact us for more details about guidelines.  Note: Depending on status of pandemic, this might be postponed to a later date.  Stay tuned.

SAVE the DATE – Sunday, July 11, 2021, 4 p.m. – Annual Seabird Cruise to Petit Manan Island – Support FOMCI, support the Refuge, talk to Refuge biologists and see the nesting seabirds of Petit Manan Island.   Cruise leaves from Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co (our hosts) – all proceeds support FOMCI.