So far little attention is given on the conservation, research and practical conservation measures for House Sparrows and Common birds. We at PAWS aim to change this with the World House Sparrow Day, the conservation of common species of flora and fauna is equally important as threatened species because today’s common species only become tomorrow’s threatened and endangered species.
House Sparrows and other common birds are declining across the Globe
This 20th March, thousands of people around the world will be taking part in World House Sparrow Day (WHSD) events to draw attention to the decline of House Sparrows and other common birds.
The central theme for the introductory year of World House Sparrow Day will be - “Help House Sparrows” – which aims to highlight reasons for decline like lack of nesting sites, food, effects of pesticides, microwave pollution and how we can help them in fighting against these odds.
It’s not only that the House Sparrows are decreasing but also the other common birds and the decline of Common species like House Sparrow which is a bio-indicator of the environment is a grim reminder of the polluted environment that we all live in.
Below are the few reasons why sparrows are vanishing…
1. Change in building Architecture
With increasing number of match box type building (buildings which have place for birds to make nest) being made House Sparrows have little nest building opportunity.
2. Urban Green Desert
Today the gardens are full of exotic species of plants which have of no ecological role to play and are of no use to the birds and insects. These exotic plants are a stress of vital resources like water and require large quantities of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. There is a urgent to need to create more awareness in this regard and replace these species with native species.
3. Changing attitude and lifestyles
Changing attitude of people towards birds and biodiversity is one of the most important reason why conservation of so biodiversity becomes so difficult. People today are to busy in their day to day life and have little time to think about birds.
Once upon a time people did not mind House Sparrows making nests in their homes and also regularly feed the birds with food and clean water. But with changing lifestyle House Sparrows are not welcomed and feeding the birds is a practice which has been forgotten in modern India. Also traditional feeding grounds of House Sparrow like open grain markets have declined.
The modern house wife is busy in her daily saas – bahu serials hence also does nutlike to sit and clean grains but prefers buying pre cleaned
and packed grains, pulses and flours.
4. Mobile Towers and cell phones
The advent of other man made threats like increasing numbers of mobile phone towers and microwave pollution is silent killer of House Sparrows.
The best example of negligence towards common birds is the case of Indian vultures which till a decade ago was one of the most common raptor in the world and is today on the brink of extinction. We don’t want the same thing to happen to House Sparrows or any common bird or flora and fauna for that matter.
Group of college students from Pillai's College of Arts, Science and Commerce in New Panvel are doing their bit to attract sparrows in the urban settings. The group has decided to build sparrow nest (Shelter) from unwanted college furniture in a bid to protect the little house sparrow's nest with the help from PAWS.
Last year the Children's Academy School donated sparrow next boxes to PAWS and this year, the students fromPillai's college agreed to donate the same. Bhanage further informs that he is planning to take up the cause in Thane and other neighbouring suburbs also in the coming days.
More information on the project can be availed from Mr. Nilesh on 9920777536.