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.

The Observatory specializes in collecting, interpreting, and maintaining datasets crucial for understanding changes in Maine’s plant and wildlife populations. We are committed to filling data gaps for Maine’s least understood species and creating a legacy of data for use in nature conservation, land use policy decisions, and expanding scientific knowledge.

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
Rich MacDonald (President)
Megan McOsker (Secretary)
Glen Mittelhauser (Treasurer)
Jill Weber
Scott Swann
Jordan Chalfant
Jacob van de Sande
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.


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