User talk:MeegsC

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Precious anniversary[edit]

Two years ago ...
Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg
bird images
... you were recipient
no. 872 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:48, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Gerda! This means a lot to me... :) MeegsC (talk) 15:55, 31 May 2016 (UTC)


User:Dr. Blofeld has created Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/Contests. The idea is to run a series of contests/editathons focusing on each region of Africa. He has spoken to Wikimedia about it and $1000-1500 is possible for prize money. As someone who has previously expressed interest in African topics, would you be interested in contributing to one or assisting draw up core article/missing article lists? He says he's thinking of North Africa for an inaugural one in October. If interested please sign up in the participants section of the Contest page, thanks.♦ --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 01:32, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The 10,000 Challenge[edit]

Hello. I've revamped the contest page into this, based on the new British model. Long term goal, but I've added entries since the beginning of July to give it some initial life. Please add anything you've done then this then too! I hope it proves productive long term. The contests are still planned, but will be more tools towards increasing bulk output in overall goal. It's a permanent goal now, and open! I would be grateful if you could keep a record of all your articles you do there, as I really think seeing the combined efforts will encourage others to create more content too! Please spread the word to the others, cheers!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:17, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

Shy albatross on List of birds of Madagascar page[edit]

Hey Meegsc! so I've been moving along slowly with the state/country list updating from the species pages. Admittedly some of the albatrosses have been a little tough to figure out (both taxonomically and range wise) but I think I got it pretty close to correct. I've been using the IUCN and ebird mapping features to try and place the birds properly......In the case of Shy and Salvins, both are just out of the IUCN main ranges, but I know albatrosses range widely. I also looked at Avibase which places Salvins in Madagascar, but does not list Shy. If you think Shy should also be listed for Madagascar, I would have no problem with that.......Pvmoutside (talk) 01:01, 7 September 2016 (UTC)

Okay @Pvmoutside: thanks for that! I'll check with Pete Morris (who wrote the Mad field guide) to see which he thinks is appropriate. Both range widely, so the answer may be both of them! ;) MeegsC (talk) 07:47, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
@Pvmoutside: Well, Pete says Shy is probably the more likely of the two, though both could occur, so we'll need to add Salvin's back in. And just to complicate things, he says White-capped (another split from Shy) is also possible, so that one should get added too! MeegsC (talk) 09:40, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
Sounds good regarding Shy. I'll add it next time I'm in the list unless you get there before me.......White-capped is a bit of a mess right now. From the tax sources I use, IOC uses Shy as the English name for cauda, and treats white-capped as a subspecies, IUCN calls it a species separate from Shy, Clements (Ebird, Avibase) calls white-capped cauda instead of Shy, and don't use Shy as an English name for any species. Zoonomen doesn't use English names, but hasn't split them yet. ITIS does not have a listing for white-capped. My preference for white-capped is to not split it until there are some changes from someone other than the IUCN. My preference is also to continue using Shy as the English name for cauda aligning us with the IOC, until we decide to split.....Pvmoutside (talk) 15:39, 7 September 2016 (UTC)