The Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge is a just-for-fun birdathon, with the team with the most birds winning the Golden Nest Award. Participants form teams of two or more who are challenged to roam the VIC property for 45 minutes in search of as many bird species as possible for one set time period on Saturday, 6 June. We call the event the Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge because of Roosevelt's association with the Paul Smiths area. Roosevelt, an avid naturalist, visited the region as a boy of thirteen in 1871, when he stayed at Paul Smith's Hotel, went camping on St. Regis River, and climbed St. Regis Mountain. Later, he compiled a list of 97 species seen during three other trips to the region. The event is free: no entry fee or pledges. Teams competing in the Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge have a variety of habitats to choose from in the area immediately surrounding the VIC building.