The Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (FOMCI) was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2003. It is formerly known as the Friends of Maine Seabird Islands. As one of over 185 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) “Friends” organizations around the country, our mission has been to support the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (MCINWR) in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.
We focus on advocacy efforts, public outreach, volunteer management and fundraising to support our mission. Since most Refuge visitors have not been able to experience the seabird islands firsthand, the organization works to bring the seabirds to visitors through models and displays of seabird nesting islands, classroom exhibits, an art gallery and a theater where they are exposed to the sights and sounds of seabird nesting islands.