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
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
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
27. The arbitrators reserve the right to disqualify any team
that breaches any of the Rules of the 2nd ROX BIrd Race Challenge
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
30. The organizers reserve the right to limit the number of
participating teams based on the number of scorers available
from the WBCP.