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Conserving Bird Species, Afternoon Mumbai, 29 March 2014 - There are a number of birds existing in India, but no scientific data is available regarding the numbers of common bird species. We are already suffering the repercussions of the ignorance towards their conservation and this is prevalent in the dwindling numbers of many bird species like the vulture and sparrow. Read More


The Vanishing Sparrow, Indian Express Hyderabad, 20 March 2014 - About a decade ago, if you asked anyone what a sparrow looked like and if they’ve seen one in person, the answer would have been an affirmative. But barely anyone can sight a sparrow today, and perhaps wouldn’t recognise one even of they did. Read More


Celebrate a companion, The Hindu Features, Young World, 17 March 2014 - When was the last time you saw a sparrow at home? If you were to ask your parents or grandparents they would tell you how common it was to find a sparrow nesting inside their homes. So, what has brought about this change? Read More


Modern architecture scaring away sparrows, DNA, Mumbai, 15 March 2014 – Have you noticed sparrows sitting outside your window on some tree branch recently? Have you ever wondered why you have not come across a little sparrow nest either? No. Then please understand, it’s because of the buildings you live in or work at. Read More


Ban Chinese Manja Campaign covered by The Alternative Bangalore, 16 January 2014 - Every year, the annual harvest  festival of Sankranti brings with it much celebration, competition, fun and excitement through the tradition of Uttarayan or kite flying. Yet, what is often invisible to us is the imminent danger the soaring diamond-shaped beauties pose for others who inhabit the skies – birds. Read More


Thread used for kites puts Black Kites in peril, Deccan Herald Bangalore, 15 January 2014 - Chinese manja or glass nylon yarn used for flying kites is endangering Black Kites. According to NFS, Tamil Nadu, Ahmedabad, Maharashtra and Ludhiana have tried to impose ban on Chinese manja but have been unsuccessful since Central nod is necessaty. NFS has begun a process of petitioning Environment and Forests Minister Veerappa Moily. Read More


Ban Chinese Manja Campaign covered in ‘The Hindu’, Chennai, 14 January 2014 –  Habitat loss and the non-availability of feed have pushed the population of many a bird species to the brink of extinction. Now, one more threat has been added to the list — kite flying thread made in China. The thread is made of glass nylon yarn with an abrasive coast of crushed glass, and is razor sharp. Read More


Campaign launched for ban on Chinese manja,  Weekend Leader  Chennai, 11 January 2014 - Nature Forever Society (NFS), an organization that works for the conservation of House Sparrows and other common flora and fauna since the past 7 years, has launched a campaign against the use of Chinese manja that has claimed the lives of several children, and birds in recent years.  Read More


NFS demands ban on Chinese ‘manja’, Sakaal Times Mumbai, 9 January 2014 – Nature forever Society (NFS) has launched a campaign against the use of Chinese Manja that kills many children, massacres birds and degrades local environment. Read More


For a chirpy city HYDERABAD,  May 22, 2013  Until recently, the house sparrow was known to be one of the common birds of our country. Read more


BiodiverCity in our backyards The Hindu, April 05, 2013  The Nature Forever Society has announced the winners of the BiodiverCity Photo Contest that was a resounding success having attracted a large number of entries. Read more


After CM, President joins sparrow conservation efforts Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times New Delhi, April 03, 2013  After brightly-coloured nests and boxes were recently put up at chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence to attract sparrows, the Rashtrapati Bhawan has also shown interest in getting the bird back to Lutyens’ Delhi. Read more


President Mukherjee supports sparrow conservation Daily News, Monday Apr 01, 2013 Mumbai, April 1 — Nature Forever Society (NFS), which works for the conservation of house sparrows, said Monday that President Pranab Mukherjee supports the cause. Read more


City anchor: Rock pigeon is most common bird in national capital The Indian Express, New Delhi, Wed Apr 03 2013, 01:34 hrs The decline of sparrows have been on Delhi’s radar for several years. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit made it the state bird in hopes of raising awareness of the plummeting numbers last year. Read more


Poor response to ‘save sparrow’ cry Deccan Herald, Bangalore, Mar 10, 2013, DHNS  “I want more people from Bangalore to join in the effort of saving sparrows”, said Mohammad Dilawar who has devoted his life in saving the once ubiquitous house sparrows. Read more


Help out an avian friend The Hindu, VISAKHAPATNAM, March 22, 2013  It’s that time of the year again when taps run dry and throats get parched. Read more


Summer care for birds and animals The Hindu, Chennai, March 12, 2013  Summer is just around the corner, and brings with it a host of risks for our companion animals. Read more


Birds attract visitors to croc bank The Hindu, CHENNAI, March 24, 2013  Birding at the Madras Crocodile Bank (MCB) might sound like an odd pursuit, but birders say it is a richly rewarding experience. Read more


On a wing and a prayer on World Sparrow Day 19 Mar, 2013, 0242 hrs IST, TNN MUMBAI: On the occasion of World Sparrow Day, which falls on March 20, Nature Forever Society (NFS) has decided to start a campaign and take it to college campuses and citizens’ groups across the city and state. Read more


Bengaluru Celebrates World Sparrow Day Submitted by Jitendra Tiwari on Thu, 03/21/2013 – 10:55  World Sparrow Day was celebrated in Bengaluru on March 20 as people and organizations at the city undertook various programs to get the sparrows back to urban areas from where they have almost disappeared. Read more


How To Save Our Sparrows March 20, 2013 7:58 am by Editors  When was the last time you saw a sparrow? Given the bird’s dwindling population in Mumbai, it was probably a long time ago. Read more


Sparrows lose homes in urban jungle Chinmayi Shalya, TNN Mar 21, 2013, 01.40AM IST  MUMBAI: Sparrows seems to be flying out in search of another habitat. Read more


Sparrow watch gets better, but eco experts say more efforts required Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times New Delhi, March 20, 2013  Before rushing to the Delhi Assembly to present the annual budget, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will make time and present specially created nests to a group of students on Wednesday morning to mark World Sparrow Day. Read more


On a wing and a prayer on World Sparrow Day TNN Mar 19, 2013, 02.42AM IST  MUMBAI: On the occasion of World Sparrow Day, which falls on March 20, Nature Forever Society (NFS) has decided to start a campaign and take it to college campuses and citizens’ groups across the city and state. Read more


Vanishing sparrows should be treated as a wakeup call The Hindu, Bangalore, March 14, 2013 Increasing awareness as World Sparrow Day is observed on March 20 Read more


We are too urbanized for sparrows Saswati Mukherjee B, TNN Mar 7, 2013, 03.47AM IST, BANGALORE: Bestowed with Time’s Heroes of the Environment 2008 award, president of Nature Forever Society (NFS) Mohammed Dilawar has been a relentless crusader for the sparrow conservation movement around the world. Read more


Chirp, chirp… The Hindu, March 3, 2013, March 20 is World Sparrow Day. Here’s what you can do Read more


Spreading message with brush The Hindu, VIJAYAWADA, March 4, 2013, Children paint house sparrows to highlight need to protect them. Read more


Today people don’t like sparrows nesting in their homes February 25, 2013 13:30 IST, When was the last time you noticed a sparrow in your window?, Why are sparrows endangered in India? Read more


Creating an oasis for the tiny winged visitors The Hindu, February 19, 2013 How do you like waking up to the chirping of sparrows from the balcony of your 17th floor apartment in Mumbai? Read more


This V-Day fall in love with birds The Hindu, HYDERABAD, February 14, 2013, NFS launching poll for “India’s Most Loved Bird” to create awareness about avian wealth. Read more


Let’s coax the chirrup back Shivani Singh, Hindustan Times, Aug 19 2012, Having lived close to Delhi’s Central Ridge most of my growing years, I took the birds for granted. Some nested in the guava and pomegranate trees in our neighbour’s yard. Read more


Sparrow is our state bird, Hindustan Times, October 27, 2012, It’s official. Sparrow is Delhi’s state bird.The Delhi government has issued a notification to this effect. Now, the government is working on an action plan to sensitise people, especially children, about saving the bird and preserving its habitat. “We need to protect sparrows and bring them back, besides raising awareness on their life and habitat,” Read more


House sparrow named state bird for Delhi The Indian EXPRESS, Aug 15 2012, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday declared house sparrow as the state bird and launched a ‘rise of the sparrows’ campaign. “This will be India’s largest conservation movement to save the sparrows,” Dikshit said. Read more


Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit names house sparrow as state bird INDIA TODAY, Aug 15 2012, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday declared house sparrow as the state bird and launched a ‘rise of the sparrows’ campaign. “This will be India’s largest conservation movement to save the sparrows,” Dikshit said. Read more


House sparrow declared “State Bird of Delhi” THE HINDU, Aug 15 2012, The good old house sparrow, which is becoming rarer by the day, has been declared “State Bird of Delhi” by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as part of a new campaign to save the species and enhance awareness about their life and habitat. Read more


Delhi adopts humble sparrow as its state bird THE TIMES OF INDIA, Aug 15 2012, Till some years back, the house sparrow was the quintessential ‘chidiya’, the most common image to come to mind when one discussed birds in Delhi’s urban context. Read more


Endangered sparrow now state bird of Delhi hindustan times, Aug 15 2012, In a move that will put the focus back on the declining population of the bird, the sparrow has been declared the state bird of Delhi. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who made the announcement, also launched a ‘Rise for the Sparrow’ campaign, India’s largest conservation movement which will work towards increasing the bird’s population. Read more


House sparrow is Delhi’s state bird ZEE NEWS, Aug 14 2012, The humble house sparrow was Tuesday conferred the status of Delhi’s ‘state bird’. The decision was announced at a function to inaugurate the “Rise For The Sparrows” campaign aimed at saving the tiny, endangered bird, said Nature Forever Society chief Mohammed Dilawar. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was present on the occasion. Read more


Sparrow is the state bird of Delhi Tribune News Service, Aug 14 2012, On the eve of the Independence Day today, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that house sparrow will be the “State Bird of Delhi”. Launching the “Rise for the Sparrows” campaign, India’s largest conservation movement to save sparrows, the Chief Minister expressed concern over the lack of attention and the recognition the bird had received from one and all. Read more


House sparrow officially joins the Delhi family now Deccan Herald, Aug 14 2012, Chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday declared the house sparrow as the Delhi “state bird” with the launch of the “Rise for the Sparrows” campaign – a conservation movement to save sparrows. Read more


House sparrow declared Delhi’s state bird IBN Live, Aug 14 2012, New Delhi: The humble House Sparrow was on Tuesday declared as ‘state bird’ of Delhi by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Expressing concern over dwindling number of house sparrows in the city, Dikshit hoped that the new status of the bird would help in its conservation. Read more


House sparrow gets state bird status in Delhi dailybhaskar : New Delhi, Aug 14 2012, New Delhi: The humble house sparrow was on Tuesday declared as state bird of Delhi by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.Expressing concern over dwindling number of house sparrows in the city, Dikshit hoped that the new status of the bird would help in its conservation. Read more


Delhi airport makes some noise to keep bird-hits down. Srinath Rao : New Delhi, Tue Jul 24 2012, Bird-hit cases at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have reportedly come down over the past four years, with only nine incidents till June this year compared to 67 in 2008. Read more


Now is your chance! By APARNA MENON, THE HINDU Do you bit for nature by playing the role of a citizen scientist and monitoring the birds in your area. Gone are the days when one would wake up to the sweet chirping of birds and spend the entire day listening to melodious bird songs. Read more


Sumitra AIR-Chirpy Times- 29 June 2012 badrinathan.— All India Radio Talk show by Sumitra Badrinathan – “Chirpy Times” – 29th June 2012 in conversation with Mr. Mohammed Dilawar. Read more


Weekly Surprise Issue Dated 17th june 2012 — By 2020, everyone desire to see INDIA as a powerful country in the world. Read more


Common Bird Monitoring of India A Novel Citizen Science Programme June, 2012— Now you can be the eyes and ears of a unique project that seeks to monitor the common birds found throughout the country. The Common Bird Monitoring of India programme will monitor 18 common birds across the country and you too can join in. Read more


City residents go green with pride Mumbai, June 08, 2012— Every morning after waking up, Shubha Nair, 41, fills the cylindrical container (see bottom pic) in her balcony with 250 gm of millet grains before she drinks her morning cup of tea listening to the chirping of sparrows that flock to feed on the grains. Read more


Birdwatchers to track 18 species in Mumbai March 21, 2012— Even though March 20 is known as World Sparrow Day, the Nature Forever Society along with Jaypee group, decided to launch a rather egalitarian initiative: to monitor all common birds in India.The Common Bird Monitoring Programme, which was launched with much fanfare at the Maharashtra Nature Park in Dharavi, will track 18 species of birds all around the country. Read more


Nature Forever Society keen on monitoring India’s common birds March 21, 2012— Now the common birds of India will have security as India’s first bird monitoring system has been launched by the Nature Forever Society (NFS), in Mumbai. Those who are concerned about common sparrows would get an opportunity to participate in the project by simply logging in to a website.The founder of the NFS, Mohammed Dilawar, informed, “After creating a user ID on the system, the user will be able to provide data . and from the individual contributions of users across the country, the system will be able to map our… Read more


Concrete jungles force sparrows out of cities: nature enthusiasts COIMBATORE, March 21, 2012— The traditional thatched and tiled roof houses have given way to concrete structures in urban areas, denying the much needed space for sparrows to rest and roost.Sparrows are found largely in Europe, Africa and Asia. Even as March 20 was being observed as International Sparrow Day, activists and nature lovers involved in protecting the birds point out that very little is being done to protect the existing population of sparrows. Read more


Spare a thought for the sparrow March 21, 2012— What’s happened to house sparrows? World Sparrow Day, observed on March 20, tries to make people aware of the importance of sparrows in our environment. A few environmentalists talk about these birds that were once a common sight in our citiesThey were once a common sight, these little birds that are so intrinsic a part of our larger existence. But we began to take them for granted and ceased to take notice of them. Today most of us would be hard pressed to spot the humble house sparrow, known as ‘angadikuruvi’ / ‘arikkilli’ / ‘annakilli’ / ‘veethukilli’ in local parlance, and we need something like World Sparrow Day, observed on March 20 every year since 2010, to remind us of our close connection to the one bird that has, over centuries, successfully adapted itself to human life. Read more


India’s first common bird monitoring system launched NEW DELHI, March 20, 2012— India’s first bird monitoring system for common birds was on Tuesday launched by Mumbai-based Nature Forever Society (NFS), an organisation working for the protection of common sparrows and other common fauna.The system is based on a website, allowing users from across the country to participate in what NFS founder Mohammed Dilawar terms as a “Citizen-science venture”. Read more


Not just sparrows, more birds are disappearing Hyderabad, March 21, 2012— In a major effort to map 18 common bird species in the Indian sub-continent, the Nature Forever Society, an NGO involved in conservation of sparrows, launched a Common Bird Monitoring Programme.In a major effort to map 18 common bird species in the Indian sub-continent, the Nature Forever Society, an NGO involved in conservation of sparrows, launched a Common Bird Monitoring Programme, on the World Sparrow Day on Tuesday. Read more


Initiative to monitor common birds launched on World Sparrow Day Mumbai, March 20, 2012— The “Common Bird Monitoring Program”, a pioneer project and first of its kind in India, will monitor and carry out detailed mapping of 18 common bird species found across the country with direct public participation, said Nature Forever Society chief Mohammed Dilawar. The birds like house sparrows, house crow, rock pigeon, rose-ringed parakeets, Ashy Prinia and Hoopoes shall be monitored, mapped and counted around the country as well the entire Indian Subcontinent, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Dilawar told media persons.”The data collected will help map the presence/absence, population/distribution of these common birds since there is currently no scientific data available on these common species in India,” Dilawar explained. The initiative is supported by a corporate house, the Jaypee Group Executive Chairman Manoj Gaur and Jaypee Group’s IT arm, JILIT’s Director Sunita Joshi – the latter has taken care of the technology to design the program. Read more


On World Sparrow Day, How About Feeding and Sheltering The Little Bird? March 20, 2012— Sparrow. The ubiquitous bird of India. The name brings back memories of grandmother’s stories and folk tales we heard long, long ago. But when was the last time you saw that little bird hopping on your window sill? When was the last time you heard its sweet voice calling out? A couple of minutes ago? A few days ago? Some weeks ago? Chances are, it’s been a while. Mohammed E. Dilawar. A nature conservationist with a difference. A man who has taken the plight of the tiny bird to heart. A man who dares to think beyond the tiger and other glamorous species to the smallest and what many people would consider, the most inconsequential species to protect. This is a story about one man’s efforts to change the urban landscape and bring back the common house sparrow. Read more


Social media to save the sparrows? Chennai, March 20, 2012— For most people, the only sparrow that probably rings a bell is ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’. Movie buffs will remember Johnny Depp for his eccentric role in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. But for World Sparrow Day (March 20), this year themed, ‘Chirp for the Sparrow! Tweet for the Sparrow’, it seems a massive cyber campaign for public awareness across the globe is underway. Says Nashik-based ‘sparrow man’ Mohammed Dilawar, “There are only five species of sparrows in the country, apart from the house sparrows that are on a steady decline.” And with large numbers of people required to support conservation efforts, he adds, “Just tagging a poster to create awareness about house sparrows on Facebook or forwarding an SMS encouraging people to place a bowl of water outside their homes can go a long way in spreading the word.” Read more


A first, nationwide programme to monitor common birds Mumbai, March 20, 2012— In a first-of-its kind initiative for the country, a nationwide programme to monitor the population of common birds such as sparrows – which are found to be rapidly disappearing – will be launched on the occasion of World Sparrow Day on Tuesday. Interestingly, this mapping will be done mainly through citizen participation.Initiated by NGO Nature Forever Society (NFS), the programme called ‘Common Bird Monitoring of India’ aims at mapping the population and distribution of 18 birds commonly found around the country such as sparrows, crows, pigeons, myna, bulbul, robin and parakeets and will enlist the help of citizens in doing so. “The concept is called citizen science and is even practised by organizations such as NASA. We want to change the idea that citizens cannot be involved in research and help them make a useful contribution,” said Mohammed Dilawar, founder and secretary of the NGO. Read more


Sparrows in city going the Mumbai way, say experts Pune 20, 2012— Conservationists say bird population on decline because of changing lifestyle and concretisationAs the world celebrates Sparrow Day today, city-based conservationists and naturalists warn that the city might go the Mumbai way, as large numbers of these birds are disappearing. This they say is a possibility if proper conservation methods are not implemented. Read more


Common birds across India in focus Mumbai, March 19, 2012— In a unique first-of-its-kind initiative, India’s maiden Common Bird Monitoring programme will be launched on the occasion coinciding with the World Sparrow Day (March 20) function in Mumbai.The Common Bird Monitoring of India (CBMI) is a Nature Forever Society’s (NFS) initiative supported by Jaypee Group. Read more


On World Sparrow Day, move to monitor common birds Mumbai, March 19, 2012— A unique public participation initiative to monitor common birds in the country will be launched Tuesday, to coincide with “World Sparrow Day”, an official said here Monday.The “Common Bird Monitoring Program”, a pioneer project and first of its kind in India, will monitor and carry out detailed mapping of 18 common bird species found across the country with direct public participation, said Nature Forever Society chief Mohammed Dilawar. Read more


Are house sparrows being driven away? NEW DELHI, March 19, 2012— Sparrows are seen as a mascot for ecological conservation but birdwatchers are worried that adverse environmental factors such as shrinking habitat may be driving them into hiding.Ecologists warn these small, highly social birds, that often nest in nooks and niches in and around human settlements, may also go the vultures’ way if enough awareness is not created about them. Read more


Home, sweet home, for the sparrows March 19, 2012— Concerned over the dwindling population of house sparrows, those diminutive birds that first connected you to nature as a child and left a lasting impression? Then join the global campaign to attract sparrows back to your home by creating a little space for them. Tweaking the earlier themes slightly, World Sparrow Day (March 20) organisations involved in the conservation of house sparrows are coming together to work for “House the sparrow” this year. Read more


Get yourself a nest box on World Sparrow Day Mumbai, March 19, 2012— An exhibition of photographs of sparrows and the release of 2,000 balloons with ‘Save the Bird’ messages in 14 languages will form part of the celebrations to mark the day tomorrow.At a Goregaon mall on Sunday, shopper Sanjay Pithwa was a happy father. His 12-year-old son Rutik had just chosen a sparrow nest box as a gift rather than a PS2.”Doing his bit to help care for birds will make my son sensitive and humane. In fact, with World Sparrow Day being observed on Tuesday, this is a meaningful gift he picked. It’s made me so happy that I will spread the word in my society,” said Pithwa who lives in Andheri.Pithwa had just stepped out of the stall run by an NGO, Nature Forever Society (NFS), that sells sparrow nest boxes and bird feeders, and helps create awareness about the tiny household birds. Read more


Nothing tweet about it Mumbai, March 18, 2012— March 20 marks the third World Sparrow Day but activists aren’t shaking their tail feathers just yet; other birds in the city are sufferingMumbai’s birds of a feather seem to be in jeopardy together. Mohammad Dilwar, founder of Nature Forever and pioneer of World Sparrow Day, has been working to conserve bird species in urban India for the past six… Read more


You can ‘House the sparrow’ this year HYDERABAD, March 5, 2012— Concerned over the dwindling population of house sparrows, those diminutive birds that first connected you to nature as a child and left a lasting impression? Then join the global campaign to attract sparrows back to your home by creating a little space for them. Tweaking the earlier themes slightly, World Sparrow Day (March 20) organisations involved in the conservation of house sparrows are coming together to work for “House the sparrow” this year. Read more


Nature Forever Society helps people conserve sparrows March 2, 2012— On March 20, when World Sparrow Day is celebrated, Nashik-based environmentalist Mohammed Dilawar can tell himself: ‘Well, I have done it’. For, his Nature Forever Society has succeeded in raising awareness among the common man from every nook and corner of the country on the need to conserve sparrows. Read more


NGO in Nashik set to honour eco-warriors again Nashik, 26 Feb 2012— Non-governmental organization Nature Forever Society, which is observing its third World Sparrow Day celebration on March 20, has invited nominations for its second Sparrow Award. The last day for submitting nominations is February 29. The photography competition is open to all and is not restricted to just photographs of sparrows. Read more


They are back Bangalore, 25th February 2012— The house sparrow (Passer domesticus ) was considered one of the most common birds in Bangalore, till suddenly a few years ago sparrows almost disappeared from the city.It was a rapid change – one day they were here and one day they were not – and the city began to miss their noisy chirps and squabbles. Researchers cited several reasons for their decline, including the changing face of the city skyline, … Read more


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