One of the traditions in this competition is the sharing of information. Sharing levels the playing field for all teams. Most teams do not have the resources to put scouts in the field for multiple days at multiple locations. This is especially true of youth teams. Since many teams raise conservation money based on the number of species seen, we all want all teams to have high species counts on the big day.
Some sharing is done electronically (eBird, emails, text, etc) and sharing is done face to face (meals, impromptu roadside meetings, etc).
And on Thursday evening teams assemble at the CMBO Goshen center for a swap meet. Each potential species is mentioned and locations are shared. This sharing speaks to the true spirit of the event.