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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:

The Power of Observation – Noticing Change with Laurie Murray

Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Registration link: https://bit.ly/2Tj1jzn

The power of observation is key to a fulfilling and memorable nature journaling experience. In this workshop, we will explore ways to enhance our observational skills regarding the changes we notice taking place in the habitats we encounter in the field and transfer that information onto our nature journal pages.

Bird Time on the Coast

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Friends of Maine Coastal Islands (FOMCI) NWR are proud to sponsor the bird watching series, “Bird Time on the Coast”. This series includes local bird experts who are knowledgeable about birds in our area, and will lead trips to some of their favorite bird hotspots along the coast of Maine. Bird Time on the Coast is open to all birdwatching abilities from beginners to advanced.

Walks for June and July are:  June 3, June 9, June 17, June 22, July 8 and July 22.  Go to this link for a description of each walk, location and registration:  Bird Time at the Coast Registration

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will offer thoughtful and inspiring art related to climate change.  The art gallery is managed by the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and housed at the Visitor Center at 9 Water Street in Rockland.

Shows:

Home Place – Environmental activist and artist Marnie Sinclair will pair her wire animal sculptures with Sally Loughridge’s Maine landscape “habitat” paintings.

Data Reflections  – Scientist-artist Jill Pelto of Portland will exhibit her data-driven art presenting cautionary climatic findings in a powerful, artistic way. Her goal is to communicate science through art. In July 2020, Time Magazine featured her watercolor and colored pencil piece, “Currents,” on its cover.

Maine Artists with a Message – Climate Change – Selections from past juried art show participants will illuminates the effects of, and personal perceptions associated with this vast environmental threat.

There will be a virtual walk-through of the shows featuring the artwork with artist commentary.  The galleries will be open to visitors July 6 through October 28, assuming COVID-19 regulations permit.

For more information, contact Carney McRae, Outreach Coordinator at info@mainecoastislands.org.  All art sales support both the artists and the Friends’ group.

Because of COVID-19, we will not being doing our Seabird Cruise to Petit Manan Island this July 2021.  We have rescheduled for Sunday, July 10, 2022 when it will be safe for all to participate in this fundraising event.