On the 15th & 16th of March, as part of our#WorldSparrowDay celebrations, we displayed a stall at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon.
As part of one of the activities, we asked people to write a poster to “the President of India” requesting him to “Help impose a nation-wide Ban on Chinese/nylon/glass manja which massacres hundreds of birds each year beside lethally injuring many human beings and children.
Children as young as 6 years and adults as old (or young, if you believe age is just a number) as 65-70 years participated.
Here are some of the images from the activity. If you too believe in our campaign to BAN this lethal product, please “sign/Share” our online petition: http://chn.ge/1cZWAA5
World Sparrow Day is celebrated on 20th March every year around the globe. It is an initiative of Nature Forever Society to earmark a day for the House Sparrow which conveys the message of conservation of the House Sparrow and other common birds. This year the hashtag #WorldSparrowDay went viral and
Today is WorldSparrowDay.
The day is observed on the 20th of
March every year to create
awareness about the House
Sparrow and other common birds
and the need for their protection.
The theme for this year is “Rise for
the Sparrow”. The first World
Sparrow Day was celebrated in
In the 21st Century, everything is Fast. Growth in Technology, Culture, People, Population,etc. Meanwhile, Human attains growth by destroying the Nature. In Cities, there are lots of High Rise Buildings & NO Trees. Not only Human Destroys the Trees to make way for him, but he destroys a Natural Ecosystem. Human beings to make a Home for himself, destroys Nests of Birds in the Trees. Due to lesser Trees, these Birds are unable to find a Home for themselves & their population goes down. Humans are directly destroying the Nature for his own requirement.
Today, I am sharing Few Pictures on WORLD SPARROW DAY of Sparrows I took in my House. I am Feeding them Food, Keeping water for them to Drink & take Bath. I want to share the wonderful moments I see in my House daily. The Feeling of getting up daily in Morning listening to the Chirpy Sounds of these Small Birds is experience of its OWN. I just started a Year back when I saw in Facebook “Nature Forever Society” group which is an NGO Fighting to raise back Sparrows population. I got two Feeder boxes to feed the Birds. I read lots of people saying they had Birds coming after six months, but I was lucky birds started coming from the Sixth day.
Birds are generally very Shy, Sensitive, so it all started with Few birds & soon daily around some Ten birds come here to Feed themselves. There are times when Birds have come inside my House.
The Pictures will not only show how lovely, cute, interesting the Birds are but also create awareness as how we can Live with Nature.
Note: None of the Birds are Caged. Birds come from nearby Trees to Feed themselves.
Vilvesh has a beautiful page called Vilvesh’s Click dedicated to his photography.
During my childhood in Bangalore in the 1970s-80s, sparrows were a part of our everyday life, much the way rock pigeons just merge with the high-rise landscape today.
Scores of sparrows would be all over the backyard, chirping on the pomegranate and guava trees. Unafraid of humans, the sparrows hopped around on the ground whenever mom cleaned the rice, in expectation of falling grains. (Yes, the rice used to have stones that needed to be removed, and chaff that would blow away in the wind as the rice was tossed up and down on the “morram”.)
My friends and I would spend time counting the males and females, that are easily distinguishable. One of our story books had a tale about why the male has black marks on its neck while the female does not. I couldn’t remember the story, but after searching the internet, found a blog post on this that can be read here.
There were times when we would see the vagabond Tom cat sneakingly stalking the unsuspecting birds as they drank from the pond, and we would run to chase the fellow away with the satisfaction that we have saved them.
It was not uncommon to see sparrow nests between the inner and outer layers of our house’s tiled roof. After the babies were out, and the nest abandoned, we’d be fascinated by the intricate construction and warmth that enabled the propagation of the species.
Slowly, and rather surreptitiously, the sparrows vanished from Bangalore. Common people who may have hardly noticed their disappearance, would be reminded of them years later, only when they found the birds jump onto their tables at Bangalore’s Devanahalli airport.
There are many theories about why the sparrows may have left Bangalore. Over the last few years, several efforts have been made to bring them back. Last year, Gubbi Labs complied a small book “Of House Sparrows and Human Settlements”, that gives the distribution of House Sparrows in Bangalore. The book can be read/ downloaded here.
Sparrows have been conspicuous by their absence in the Puttenahalli Lake/ JP Nagar area. As urban house birds, the lake environment currently may not be conducive to house them. However, people in the neighbourhood can try to get them back into the area. To know how, please read here.
In Mumbai north suburbs, where I currently live, sparrows are abundantly found, and I’m happy that the children around here share some of my childhood sparrow joys. Wish the same for Bangalore too.
Arathi Manay ಆರತಿ ಮಾನೆ
Arathi is a trustee of Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) that maintains Puttenahalli Lake, JP Nagar, Bangalore. She writes often on her blog http://arathimy.wordpress.com/ and contributes to many websites and dailies. She can be followed on twitter @arathimy.
Image: House Sparrow – Male, Bandipur, May 2009 Credits:Arathi Manay
We visited Department of Zoology at University of Pune and Indradhanush Paryavaran Kendra, Pune yesterday. We used this opportunity to interact with students from Zoology, Botany & Environmental Science as well as enthusiastic people from the Pune community which has the highest number of birdwatchers & environmental enthusiasts in the country.
Mohammad Dilawar, Founder-president Nature Forever Society gave talk on “Sparrows & Superpower” that correlated the inter-linkages between India becoming a Superpower, the economics, infrastructure and environmental perspective and related them with Sparrows and its health in the persisting scenario.
We also utilized this opportunity to introduce Citizen Science with our “Common Bird Monitoring of India” program. We also interacted with students and the avenues open to them for research, interning and volunteer opportunities with us.
This gave us a chance to connect with the interested citizenry who provided valuable feedback or our long-term growth as well as provided immense support that helped her broaden our vision for the future.
Again, we are immensely grateful to all the people present, Mr. Deepak Sawant from Indian Herpetology Society, the professors at Zoology Department of Pune University, Mr. Suhas Waingankar and team from CEE, Pune and the students.
This International Women’s Day, Nature Forever Society has brought for its readers, a special issue featuring Women Conservationists in an attempt to document their journey as professional conservationists, scientists, mothers, daughters and most importantly, as women.
It is with utmost pride that we are presenting to you the PDF version that any enthusiast can download and read. This issue features Ms. Divya Mudappa, Ms. Divya Shrivastava Khandal, Ms. Devica Ranade, Ms. Priyanka Runwal, Ms. Aparajita Datta, Ms. Prerna Bindra, Ms. Geetha Nayak, Dr. Gowri Mallapur and Ms. Manali Pawar for sparing their time to answer our questions and share their images for this issue.
We sincerely hope and wish that everyone enjoys and relishes its content.