I admit that this caught my attention, too. However, I expect that we won't be hearing that detail .Chalker, are you able to tell us what the other events that had strong pushback were?
Remember that this group of events isn't strictly about identification. Rather, identification happens to, just, be a part of it. It may be easy, but what accompanies it may not be. See, for amp rep/herpetology, the event that we had expected next season, you could extract a single chapter or two out of a zoology text and be prepared for the general anatomical and behavioral questions. To get the general stuff in invasive species already covers more ground because the organisms on the list don't fit into a neat group. Furthermore, the fact that there's no single field guide (which means binder preparation?) involves more work. The test may be easy after the work is done, but that's how it should be!On a different note, I worry a bit about invasive species as the ID event. Entomology is like my favorite event ever, but even it was easy at most invites, both years at state, and even last year at nationals (props to the coordinator this year though for a great test). So I'm trying to imagine an event where everything on the list (assuming it has that kind of format) is so different and wide ranging, as opposed to entomology where many of the insects only have subtle variations. How hard can it be to differentiate between an Asian Carp and a Zebra Mussel? Sure, a good coordinator can make other questions that are hard, but still. I can see 20-way ties for first happening, especially if we will be allowed to use book like entomology. That's my opinion.