Islands of Life: A Biodiversity and Conservation Atlas of the Great Lakes Islands

TitleIslands of Life: A Biodiversity and Conservation Atlas of the Great Lakes Islands
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHenson BL, Kraus DT, McMurtry MJ, Ewert DN
Pagination154 pp.
InstitutionNature Conservancy of Canada
ISBN Number978-1-897386-26-2
KeywordsISLANDS
Abstract

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.