Wikipedia:WikiProject Birds/Outreach/Newsletter July 2008

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The Birds WikiProject Newsletter
Issue V (July 2008)

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Birds WikiProject newsletter. June was another good month for article improvement, with a total of seven achieving the highest classes—we're well on the way to reaching our first 100 milestone.

Articles of note

New featured articles and lists:

  1. Common Treecreeper (June 4)
  2. White-winged Fairy-wren (June 4)
  3. Tawny Owl (June 22)
  4. Red-backed Fairy-wren (June 24)

New good articles:

  1. Willie Wagtail (June 18)
  2. Antbird (June 21)
  3. Nuthatch (June 27)

Welcome to our newest members

Bird article statistics

100 FA/GA article push

Earlier this year, Casliber (talk · contribs) challenged the project to try to get 100 articles to FA or GA status before the end of the year—and we're certainly well on our way, with more than 80 articles currently at those levels. Casliber has made a listing of existing articles with significant content here; if you'd like to try your hand at improving an article, this might be a good place to start.

Collaboration efforts
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  • Move us nearer to that 100 article goal by helping to improve this month's project collaboration. The Hoatzin is an unusual South American bird known for its unique digestive sytem, foul odor and clawed wings (as a juvenile).
  • In a related note, be sure to vote for August's collaboration, which will be chosen on 21 July. We could use a few new nominations...
Project news
  • The ongoing drive to improve our bird family articles continues; despite significant efforts by a number of editors, there are still at least 37 bird family articles currently rated as stubs—mostly because we keep finding articles we'd forgotten to include! If you'd like to help improve one or more, the list of those needing work is here.
  • A change in Wikipedia's taxobox setup has meant the removal of the IUCN status scale image from all articles. To re-display the scale, add "| status_system = iucn3.1" to the taxobox parameters in any article for which it is appropriate.

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