Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands

Welcome to the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands! We are a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local individuals dedicated to encouraging the conservation and appreciation of seabirds, their nesting and coastal habitats, and to support the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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Our annual seabird cruise in August was a huge success, raising over $5,000 for seabird management in Maine!

We visited Petit Manan Island and Egg Rock in Frenchman Bay, both part of the Maine Coastal Islands NWR, and saw lots of terns, puffins, razorbills, seals, and other wildlife.

We couldn’t have done it without  our sponsors: Bar Harbor Whalewatch who supplied the boat and crew; Janice and Marc Mondavi who donated their delicious Divining Rod wines:  Eastern Tire, Rockland, ME; and Reade Brower, Rockland, ME.  THANK YOU!!

Check back in the spring for information on our 2015 cruise, which will be out of Bar Harbor again.

 PROGRAMS

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 at: 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.

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Summer Island Interns

FOMSI supports both the Refuge and its close partner, the National Audubon Society’s Puffin Project, 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 FOMSI purchased the summer island interns blog about their daily experiences.  The blog can be found at  http://mainecoastalislands.wordpress.com/