20 Mar 2024

World Sparrow Day Today: Bubbly sparrow is our friend but why it is vanishing from our lives

Our thinking has slowly started changing. We have started having a friendly feeling towards nature and animals. We have become friendly with the sparrow. Many of us also set up artificial nests in the kitchen gardens and balconies of the house. Sparrows have slowly started coming around us. Its chirping sound has started being heard again in the courtyards of our homes.

It is pleasant that there has been a change at the global level regarding sparrow conservation. Still this is not enough. We can create a beautiful natural environment by working with nature and animals. 

Sparrow is our natural friend and is helpful to the environment. Sometimes she hops under the Neem tree and pecks at grains of rice or grains.  20 March is celebrated as Sparrow Conservation Day across the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also taken initiative for sparrow conservation. He had greatly appreciated the efforts of Rajya Sabha member Brij Lal on Twitter and said that your efforts regarding sparrow conservation are excellent and praiseworthy.

Sparrow conservation is the biggest challenge for us

Due to the efforts of renowned environmentalist Mohammad E Dilawar, March 20 was reserved for bubbly sparrow. It was celebrated in the world for the first time in 2010. Sparrow conservation is the biggest challenge for us. Man's materialistic culture has distanced us from nature and its companionship. Sparrow is a domestic bird. It likes to live more near humans and their settlements.

A study by India's Andhra University has reported a decline of more than 60 percent in the sparrow population. Human development is most responsible for the declining population of sparrows. It mostly lives in groups. Wherever man went, the sparrow accompanied him as his companion.

Kutcha houses used to provide favorable environment for sparrows

Now pucca houses are being built in villages. The reason for this is that sparrows are not able to find a safe place to make their nest in these houses. Earlier, kutcha houses were built in villages. Wood and other items were used in it. Kutcha houses used to provide favorable environment for sparrows in terms of natural environment and temperature, but this facility is no longer available in modern houses. This bird cannot live in high temperatures.

The increasing use of chemical fertilizers in the country's agriculture has become the biggest threat to the voiceless birds and sparrows. Insects have also become extinct due to indiscriminate use of chemicals. Vulture, crow, woodpecker and sparrow all are threatened. There is also a shortage of their food.

Famous environmentalist Mohammed E Dilawar is from Nashik and has been associated with the Bombay Natural History Society. He started a campaign for sparrows in 2008. Today it has reached more than 50 countries of the world. 

Nests should be in a safe place

In Dilawar's opinion, for sparrow conservation, small houses should be made for the birds using wooden sawdust and food should also be available in them. The nests should be in a safe place, so that the eggs and chicks of the sparrows cannot be preyed upon by predatory birds and animals. We have to make people aware of the concerns about nature and animals.

 The coming generation wants to acquire more technical knowledge, but does not want to connect with animals and birds. Therefore, we should take necessary steps to provide information about birds. So that we can provide proper environment to our environmental friend.

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