Key Publications on Great Lakes Islands as a Collection

The Double-crested Cormorant: Plight of a Feathered Pariah (Wires 2013). Review to follow.

Islands of Life: A Biodiversity and Conservation Atlas of the Great Lakes Islands (Henson et al, 2010). Fantastic recent report by Henson, Kraus, McMurtry and Ewert that expands and finalizes earlier work of the Binational Islands Framework project team.  Funding was by U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.  A Google Earth application is planned. [Click here to download the PDF document (10240 kb)].

Great Lakes Islands: Biodiversity Elements and Threats: GLislands_final_report_07 (Vigmostad et al, 2007). Final report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office.

Biological Ranking Criteria for Conservation of Islands in the Laurentian Great Lakes (Ewert et al, 2004). Final report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Biological Inventory for Conservation of Great Lakes Islands (1999-2002): Michigan Natural Features Inventory’s report on island inventory work including highly ranked Beaver Island.

State of the Great Lakes Islands (Vigmostad, ed., 1999): Edited proceedings of the first collection of scientific papers on the islands that got this whole thing rolling.

General Great Lakes Information

The U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) and Environment Canada’s The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book.  Included as part of GLNPO Great Lakes website that include links to State of the Lakes Ecosystem activities, Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, and other important federal activities.

NOAA’s Great Lakes Eco-Region Resources with links to many sources of information.

Images from U.S. EPA Visualizing the Great Lakes and NOAA Great Lakes Photo Gallery.

Updated May 6, 2014

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