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.
The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and new headquarters for FOMSI is open!
Monday - Friday 8:30 to 4:30, stop by the gallery to see our current installations.
If you missed the grant application deadline for the 2012 season, please mark your calendar for 2013! FOMSI annually makes available a limited amount of funding to individuals, agencies, and non-profit organizations for:
~ student and island researcher support
~ education/outreach projects
~ support of refuge priorities
~ seabird research projects
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. In 2011 we purchased mattresses and laptop computers to help further their scientific endeavors and to aid in a good night’s sleep.
With the help of their laptops the summer island interns blogged about their daily experience. The 2013 blog is up and running, so please visit it to see what the interns are experienceing this season. http://mainecoastalislands.wordpress.com/