INDIA. Mumbai: The World Sparrow Day, based on the theme “I love sparrows” and emphasizing the role of individuals and communities in sparrow conservation, was observed across India, including Mumbai, on Monday.
At a function organized by an NGO called “Sparrows Shelter” in Maharashtra Nature’s Park in Dharavi, Central Mumbai, the children pasted a “Save Sparrow” message on a huge replica of an injured sparrow prepared by Srinivas Balkrishna.
In the function, speakers reiterated the adverse impact of mobile radiation on the survival of birds. The speakers also decried the rising number of tall glass-paneled buildings, which have been a big impediment to the movement of birds. The speakers opined that more space should be created for nestling.
“Sparrows Shelter” Founder Pramod Mane, former MLA Baburao Mane, Dilip Shinde, Veena Donvalkar, Swati Holmukhe, Kamlesh Sonpasare, Shruddha Mane, Balgovind Tiwari, and Vishal Jadhav spoke on the occasion.
Over 4 lakh sparrow chicks were born in nearly 1.5 lakh nests provided in Mumbai by the “Sparrows Shelter” in the last few years, Pramod Mane said.
World Sparrow Day was initiated by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-System Action Foundation of France.
The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated on March 20, 2010, and was aimed at creating awareness about the decline in the sparrow population and the need for their conservation. Since then, the day has been observed in several countries around the world.
Sparrows are small, common birds that are found in many parts of the world. They play an important role in the ecosystem by controlling pests and insects and serving as a food source for other animals.
However, the global sparrow population has been declining rapidly in recent years due to various factors such as habitat loss, pollution, and the use of pesticides.
World Sparrow Day is an important observance that highlights the significance of sparrows and their conservation. By promoting sparrow conservation and creating sparrow-friendly habitats, people can contribute to the protection of these small birds.
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