Islands of Life


The Great Lakes harbor more than 32,000 islands, the largest collection of freshwater islands in the world. These islands provide stopover sites for migratory birds and homes to a diverse range of species. But, these oases are threatened by incompatible development and agriculture, invasive species, and other modern pressures. Collaborating with partners from Canada and across the basin, the Conservancy’s Dr. Dave Ewert helped the team inventory, rank and prioritize Great Lakes islands for conservation action.