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| Last Updated:: 17/03/2015

Rise for the Sparrow,The lost small bird among increasing cellphones and high-rise buildings

 Ahead of the World Sparrow Day, Nature Forever Society has started creating awareness for conserving house sparrows in India with the slogan "Rise for the sparrow, experience the power of one".


In India, the World Sparrow Day, promoted and supported by the Nature Forever Society, is going to be celebrated on March 20. The day is being observed every year since 2009 to highlight the decreasing number of various species of sparrows including the house sparrow due to urbanisation and ever increasing mobile towers.


Some recent studies have proved that the rising number of mobile phone towers and extensive use of cell phones are resulting in microwave radiations that become silent killer of small birds.


It is said that there are around twenty species of sparrows found around the world and their population is dwindling every year. India-based Nature Forever Society and its activists have been trying 'to inspire, empower and involve the citizens, schools, educational organizations, government agencies, NGOs towards conservation of sparrows and other common small birds' as held by the organization.


In Jaipur, a few years ago, a number of small earthen nest-pots and bird feeders were put up in some parks but due to consequent neglect and lack of maintenance, the number of small birds in the parks has gone down once again.


However, some people have put up the box-nests and feeders, but these do not attract small birds since they prefer to make their nests in thorny bushes and trees to keep themselves safe from predators.


According to Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the reasons for decline of sparrows in urban areas are the change in building architecture to match-box type high-rise buildings; creation of urban green desert by having exotic species of plants; fast paced lifestyles insensitive to biodiversity; and radiation from mobile towers and cell phones.


There is a need to plant thorny bushes and trees in city areas and reserve a corner in parks for such trees along with putting up some bird feeders to increase the number of small birds and house sparrows.