Governor General of Canada His Excellency John Ralston Saul, C. The objectives of this Club shall be to promote the appreciation, preservation and conservation of Canada's natural heritage; to encourage investigation and publish the results of research in all fields of natural history and to diffuse infor- mation on these fields as widely as possible; to support and cooperate with organizations engaged in preserving, maintain- ing or restoring environments of high quality for living things. Taxonomic standardization was the first crucial step in information integration.
Ways of overcoming these challenges are particularly notable since they are indicative of the difference between simply tabulat- ing existing data and the more complex task of inte- grating available data and information (see Slocombe 2001).
Moreover, taxonomic nomenclature differs amongst available information.
While each of the five protected areas maintain species checklists, they are in different formats and categorize the status of species quite differently.
Analysis of the checklist was carried out with a view to charac- terizing the region's broad biogeographical nature.
Relative abundance was not included because pres- ence of a species was the only information which was common to all information sources.
l C » T The CANADIAN FIELD-NATURALIST U Published by THE OTTAWA FIELD-NATURALISTS' CLUB, Ottawa, Canada Volume 117, Number 1 January-March 2003 The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club FOUNDED IN 1879 Patrons Her Excellency The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, C. Relative abundance was not included as part of the list since it was not available for all species or each of the protected areas. The American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Checklist of North American Birds (1998) is the standard authority for avian taxonomy in North America and was used here. The compendium of North American mammal biology produced by the American Society of Mammalogists (Wilson and Ruff 1999) was used in standardizing mammalian taxonomy. Elias Mountain Parks mammals (pinnipeds, cetaceans, and the Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris) were not included.