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
For the past few years the population of House Sparrows has been declining rapidly. While being able to survive in wild easily enough, House Sparrows have well-casted their life style in accordance with human towns and cities and lived among us as our friendly next-door neighbours or forced visitor-cum-residents in our own house as far back as we can remember. Not only is it easier for them to find good food sources around humans but it is also much secure to built nests away from wild predators in human houses where humans either do not bother with them or befriend with them. And, yet even after having sparrows around us they don’t seem to be as happy as they used be in their halcyon days.
There was a time when watching huge flock of sparrows performing sky acrobatics in evenings was a favorite pass-time of folks in villages, towns and cities. But, now all we get to see is a few sparrows tweeting meekly behind bushes and branches. In fact, it’s not only House Sparrows that we should be concerned about; our common Indian birds don’t seem to be as common anymore as they used to be. Why is it so? Their decline can’t be attributed to a single factor. While, the natural habitats of birds are destroyed at large scale every year to construct roads, apartments and the like, it’s also said that the increasing use of mobile networks hugely affect birds. The excessive use of pesticides in crop fields affects birds too, because crops act as an important food source to many species. Thus, it’s important to not only identify the causes that challenge the survival of different species of birds, but also to come up with solutions that people can apply at both individual as well community level.
For example, setting up bird feeder in gardens, parks, balconies and such places can attract different species of birds. Bird feeders may become their prime food source and play an important role to their survival. Similarly, bird baths can be set-up in localities for birds to have access to water easily in scorching summer. People can also put ‘ghada’ and such for medium-sized birds such as Common Pigeons, Spotted Doves or they can build or buy wooden nest-boxes that come in variety of sizes for House Sparrows, Rose-ringed parakeets, Common Pigeons etc. In public places such as clear-grounds, people can litter rice grains or bread crumbs for birds. There are many, many other ways to help birds that we can come up with, if only we are keen enough to save them and watch them soar sky in huge flocks again.
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– By Hema Ravi (Teacher, St Mark’s School, Chennai)
“Chittukuruvi muttham kodhuthu” (meaning: The sparrow kissed me) brings back fond memories of our younger days. Our summers were always spent watching these birds build their nests in the niches of our homes, in the attic, and any other tiny corner that was away from human eyes. Today, these birds seem to be declining slowly. The other day, I took a walk in the Theosophical Society, and once again, I enjoyed the chirping and familiar sound of these birds. (Long, long afterwards, American poet H.W. Longfellow’s poem comes to mind)
Watching and hearing the sparrows was a feast to the eye and the ear indeed! I would like to share this verse with Young World readers.
Seed eating passerine bird, Small, pink legged, conical bill Grey brown, black throated males, Grey brown with eye bordered females, Black and tawny streaks on back, Black winged feathers with white patches Grayish white breasted birds.
Busying themselves in spring with Straw, paper, twigs and grass Nesting on low branches, in our homes, in sheds. Children watched with interest nests in their homes, Small birds perched on ledges or lofts. Today, these have become a rarity, Where have these sparrows gone?
Every year, the harvest festival brings excitement and colors to the skies of India. This is especially true for the state of Gujarat which is filled with variously shaped and colored kites during the week starting from January 11th. Uttarayan is an international Kite Festival celebrated with immense zeal across Gujarat. In fact, this festival is an eminent attraction to tourist from around the world including UK, Canada, Brazil, Japan, France etc.
We as Indians are obsessed with glamorous things – be it Cricket, which is followed like a religion in India and often the country comes to a standstill because of an ongoing cricket match. From diplomacy, foreign policy to economics – everything seems to revolve around it. The game which was played only in few countries that were originally British colonies, has in a way overshadowed many other field sports such as Football, hockey, tennis and even the games of Indian origin like Kabbaddi, Ko-Kho, which now struggle to survive.A sport such as football, played across the globe is inexpensive. After all, all one needs is a football to keep 22 souls busy for one and half hour.