World Sparrow Day: Where the little sparrow has vanished?
By Abu Hasan, (nvonews.com)Â
Chirping of sparrows early morning in my backyard has gone down. There used to be dozens of them on any given day a decade or so ago. But not anymore. Though we make it a point to put rice, bread and other eatables especially for them, but these eatables attract no more than a couple of sparrows.
On some day even these items remain untouched by the evening. Earlier we had to restock them again in the afternoon as sparrows would continue to flock in ever larger number. But things have changed dramatically and these little chirping sparrows are experiencing their worst days in a long, long time.
There is no denying the fact that house sparrow is one of the most ubiquitous birds that we see around us and is one of the more familiar winged companions of human beings. It is needless to say that over a period of time, evolved with us but off late this bird has been on the decline over much of its natural range, both in the urban and rural habitats. Ecologists warn these small, highly social birds, that often nest in nooks and niches in and around human settlements, may also go the vulturesâ€™ way if enough awareness is not created about them.
While talking about the phenomenon Mohammed Dilawar, president of Nature Forever Society was quoted by IANS as saying, â€œSparrows are amongst the most abundant bird species in urban areas, but we still need to conserve their habitat. Otherwise they too may go the vulturesâ€™ wayâ€¦Earlier, the vultures were amongst the most abundant birds in urban areas but now, due to loss of habitat, they are almost gone. Same could happen with sparrowsâ€¦In our country, thereâ€™s a gap in scientific knowledge. The statistics of species populations are often outdated. So we are launching a bird monitoring system on World Sparrow Day, March 20â€.
While talking about the connection of sparrow and other birds he says, â€œSparrow is like an umbrella species for all the birds that dwell near human settlements. Also, it is much more recognisable than many other species. People often talk about conserving the tigers or other more glamourous species, but that is sad. All species need equal attention and conservation.â€
Today is the World Sparrow Day. According to worldsparrowday.org here’s what you can do
Put bird boxes and bird feeders outside your house or in your gardens.
Water-bowls or a bird-bath in the hot summer afternoon helps birds to re-hydrate.
Grow plants and hedges that are native to the place. This encourages some of the common birds to come back.
Discourage the use of excessive insecticides and pesticides in gardens.
Create awareness about the decline in number of sparrows
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