|Title||Islands of Life: A Biodiversity and Conservation Atlas of the Great Lakes Islands|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Henson BL, Kraus DT, McMurtry MJ, Ewert DN|
|Institution||Nature Conservancy of Canada|
The Great Lakes contain the largest collection of freshwater islands in the world, more than 32,000 islands. These islands contain significant biodiversity including endemic species, rare habitats, and critical biological functions. They are important breeding and staging areas for colonial nesting waterbirds, harbour noteworthy assemblages of plants and animals and provide important stopover sites for migrating birds. They make a significant contribution to the physical and biological diversity of the Great Lakes and surrounding basin.