Happy new year all,
Congrats *Mr. Yercaud Elango*. All the
On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga <
> Happy New Year greetings,
> I'm glad to announce the Featured Wikimedian of the Month for January
> 2018, *Mr. Yercaud Elango*.
> *Yercaud Elango* (*User:Yercaud-elango*
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Yercaud-elango>) is a prolific
> science writer from Tamil Wikimedia community. Born in 1961, Elango
> graduated in Botany and mastered in Population Studies from Annamalai
> University. Since 1987, he has been associated with the Tamil Nadu Science
> Forum. He wrote 85 books, most of which are exclusive to science stream.
> In November 2014, he got his first exposure to the Commons community, and
> has been very active ever since. Within three years of his joining, he has
> uploaded more than 10,800 photographs to Wikimedia Commons. He frequently
> visits Yercaud Hills, Yellagiri Hills, and Sitheri, to photograph various
> species of plants, animals, and birds. His uploads include 2,450 plant
> species, and 7,675 sub classifications of plants. He spends minutes, hours,
> days, even months and years to identify scientific names, before uploading
> them to Commons.
> One of his significant works include, uploading images of 200 rare and
> endangered plant species that belong to Yercaud Hills to Commons.
> Interestingly, of the 1003 Moth images available on Commons, 300 were
> contributed by Elango. He also has credit of uploading images of some of
> the rarest species like Shortts shield snake, Yercaud day gecko, Green
> lizard etc. and modern stone age tools like Dolmens, Cairns, Menhir etc.
> that are available in and around Yercaud Hills. Elango's uploads to
> Wikimedia Commons can be seen at the category:*Category:Files by
> Elango says that he daily allocates one hour to work on Wikimedia Commons,
> and he feels that allocating time for Commons is something that we do for
> the society. In 2014, he published his first eBook, and in the last three
> years, he has published 21 eBooks, which have been downloaded 3,94,303
> times. Apart from his regular work, he is now planning to upload his eBooks
> to Tamil Wikisource. For his services to the society, the Tamil Nadu
> Governemnet conferred him various awards and titles, which include
> Yezhluthu Sirpi, Ariviyal Mamani and Vallamaimigu Yezhluthalar.
> Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
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