About Us


Maine Natural History Observatory's mission is to improve the understanding of natural resources in Maine. By compiling historic information and implementing inventory and monitoring efforts of Maine's natural history, we strive to advance the scientific knowledge of Maine's biota. Specifically, our mission is to:

  • Compile and publish summaries of Maine's natural history
  • Coordinate local and regional inventory and monitoring efforts of Maine's flora, fauna, and habitats
  • Facilitate cooperation and exchange of information among organizations, agencies, and individuals conducting natural history research in Maine or caring for natural history collections
  • Engage in other activities related to the advancement of scientific knowledge and education of the public regarding the flora, fauna, and habitats of Maine.


Executive Director:
Glen Mittelhauser

Directors and Officers:
Jacob van de Sande (President)
Megan McOsker (Secretary)
Glen Mittelhauser (Treasurer)
Scott Swann
Rich MacDonald
Bob DeForrest


Maine Natural History Observatory is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an office in Gouldsboro, Maine. We rely on donations and grants for all projects that we work on. All administration work conducted by the directors and officers is volunteer.