Mid-Coast Audubon is an all-volunteer group whose mission is to promote long-term responsible use of natural resources through an informed community. MCAS offers free birding trips and educational programs as well as maintaining four public preserves.

The Mid-Coast Audubon chapter, the local Maine Audubon chapter, is centered in Rockland, extends inland from Boothbay Harbor, west to Windsor and China, and east along the coast to Bucksport. Residents from the Midcoast area, who have financial need, may apply for scholarships through MCAS.

Kids may apply for assistance to attend nature-based camps such as Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove and the Damariscotta River Association’s Camp Mummichog. Teen and adult scholarships to the Hog Island Audubon Camp are also available annually, and educators are especially encouraged to apply.

This year there are still places available in the following programs: The Arts of Birding – Drawing, Photography and Writing About Birds (June 23-28), Seabird Biology and Conservation (Sept. 8-13).

Through the Jean Boyer Hamlin Scholarship in Ornithology, MCAS is also able to offer scholarships to attend other classes or camps focused on ornithology studies.

Grants for all scholarships are based primarily on need. For more information or to apply for a full or partial scholarship, please contact scholarship coordinator, Carolyn Gray at cgray025@gmail.com or 563-3578. For more information about Mid-Coast Audubon visit midcoastaudubon.org.