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 2015 highlights.

Seabird Cruise to Petit Manan Island

You are invited to our 10th Annual Seabird Sunset Cruise to Petit Manan Island on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Photographed on Petit Manan IslandSee puffins, razorbills, black guillemots, common and arctic terns and harbor and gray seals.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine & beer while you head out on a comfortable catamaran.

Listen to talks by Refuge Manager Beth Goettel, Biologist Linda Welsh, and host Zach Klyver of Bar Harbor Whalewatch (who graciously gives us the use of the boat to raise funds so we can continue to support the refuge).  Get your tickets today!

This cruise goes on rain or shine! Even in mist and rain, we will see birds!

Great news!

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge was recently selected as the third most popular National Wildlife Refuge in the country in a 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. You can see the full list of winners by clicking here.

Thanks for your votes and check out our great new video about the refuge!


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: fomsi@maineseabirds.org

Art Gallery

We also manage a beautiful art gallery at the Visitor Center. Join us for First Friday Art Walks in Rockland from 5-8 p.m. to view art that inspires and supports our conservation message.

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.