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:

Being Outdoors with Ticks – Megan Kelley, Midcoast Field Epidemiologist, Maine Center for Disease Control

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Register link: https://bit.ly/3vOVxnj

Learn about being safe outdoors with ticks.  Why so many ticks?  Where and what types of ticks are found in Maine?  Do all ticks transmit diseases?  What do I do if I get a tick bite? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this zoom presentation.

Bird Time on the Coast

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Friends of Maine Coastal Islands (FOMCI) NWR are proud to sponsor a new bird watching series called “Bird Time on the Coast”.  This new series will include 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 birding watching abilities from beginners to advanced.

Registration is required to participate (we’ll have registration forms up soon).  Walks are free and scheduled from 7:00 am to 9:30 am.  Please plan to wear waterproof footwear, put on insect repellant, and bring binoculars if you have them.  The trips are limited to the first 10 people due to covid restrictions.

Walks for April and May are:  April 22, April 29, May 4, May 13, May 18, May 20 and May 27.  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.