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The 2nd ROX Bird Race Challenge 2008

December 6-7, 2008
Rules and Regulations

1. The race is open to all.
2. Each team should represent an organization or a company.
3. Each team must provide their own vehicle and all members of the team must be in one vehicle only.
4. Each team should have 3 members with at least 2 members who are first-time birdwatchers. If the organization or company can only field 2 members, the 3rd member can be fielded by WBCP from its membership.
5. A WBCP member will be assigned to each team to conduct basic bird watching at least one week prior to the race and to act as scorer during the race.
6. The organizers (Primer Group and WBCP) reserve the right to limit the number of participating teams.
7. Each team must hand in registration form by Friday, November 21, 2008.
8. The race will start from the ROX, Building 1, Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio.
9. The race will start on December 6, 2008 at 1300 hrs. It will end on December 7 at 1300 hrs. However, you may choose to end any time before 1300 hrs on December 7, 2008.
10. After bird watching on Saturday, December 6, all team members must sign-in before 2000 hrs at xxx (name of hotel at Subic Bay).
11. All team members must be present at the registration starting at 1030 am and at the opening ceremonies at 1100 hrs on Saturday, December 6, on/before the sign-in time at 2000 hrs Saturday, December 6 and when turning in the accomplished forms on/before 1200 hrs Sunday, December 7.
12. First and foremost, the Code of Conduct for Birding must be observed. Put the welfare of the birds and our environment above the race.
13. All species recorded must be within the boundaries of the stipulated birding site. Birding locations will only be announced on Saturday, November 29.
14. Each team must provide their own transportation and snacks/water.
15. To gain points for the race, team members will look for birds and try to identify the species.
16. A WBCP member will be assigned to each team to be the scorer. The scorer must bring the book, Complete Guide to Birds of the Philippines by Kennedy, et al as reference book for bird identification.
17. The recorded species must be seen by ALL members of the team, including the scorer, to count as one point.
18. If the team cannot identify the species, they have to write down notes regarding the size, plumage and other distinguishing marks for the species to count as one point.
19. Each species identified correctly gains another point.
20. Each species recorded and/or identified will only be counted once.
21. Participants are advised to put in figures and locations where the species was first seen.
22. Identification of the bird species via the following ways will not be accepted:
a. hearing birds' calls (nocturnal species included);
b. sightings of trapped, caged or otherwise restrained birds (zoo/or rescue/ centre);
c. sightings of oiled, sick or dead birds.
23. Attracting and luring birds with tape recorders or other audio instruments are prohibited.
24. Night viewing aids other than simple torches and binoculars will not be permitted.
25. Only land-based transport is to be used.
26. No teams are allowed to stay overnight in the target birding sites
27. The arbitrators reserve the right to disqualify any team that breaches any of the Rules of the 2nd ROX BIrd Race Challenge 2008.
28. The results of the race would be reviewed by the arbitrators. Their decisions would be final and no appeals would be entertained.
29. The team with the most number of bird species recorded/identified based on the scores will be declared the 2nd ROX Bird Race Challenge winners.
30. The organizers reserve the right to limit the number of participating teams based on the number of scorers available from the WBCP.