Well, the rules generally should apply the same everywhere, but sometimes event supervisors (especially at Regionals)...don't read the rules. Or they assume that the rules for a returning event are the same as the previous year.Depends on where you compete? Don't the rules apply the same to everyone?Maybe, but for regionals for ornithology we were only allowed one guide and one page of notes per team. They told us that was the rule for regionals all the way up, and the 2 pages/ 2 guides were only allowed at invites. So when we followed that at states, they told us we could have 2.
So I guess it will depend on where you compete, but 2 pages of double-sided notes per team and 2 field guides seems to be standard for the ID events.
When there was Forestry back in 2004 didn't they allow binders?
Moral of the story: Make sure YOU know the official rules, and always keep a rules manual handy, especially at Regionals or Invites, in case you have to challenge (politely, of course) the event sup's interpretation of the rules.