Feed spar­rows, keep a bowl of wa­ter out­side your homes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

URAN: Wildlife lovers are step­ping up ef­forts to bet­ter the dwin­dling spar­row count.

On World Spar­row Day, an NGO has or­gan­ised a line- up of events at Gan­pati Chowk in Uran.

The or­gan­is­ers, Friends of Na­ture (FON) will un­der­take an aware­ness cam­paign, ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents to place wa­ter and seeds for the birds. They will also dis­trib­ute re­cy­cled wa­ter bowls among res­i­dents.

Jay­want Thakur, pres­i­dent of FON, said: “There are very few nests seen at present in the re­gion with the spar­rows dis­ap­pear­ing from sev­eral ar­eas. The birds need nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and rain. For years, their be­hav­ior has helped peo­ple un­der­stand the weather. With the con­crete jun­gle mush­room­ing, the chirp- ing of the birds has re­duced con­sid­er­ably and their ex­is­tence is at stake now.”

He said, “The change in cli­matic con­di­tions has had an ad­verse ef­fect on the birds and the an­i­mals. The habi­tat of the birds has been de­stroyed by the ris­ing heat and the break­ing down of moun­tains and cut­ting of trees.”

Thakur added that sev­eral birds suf­fer due to the kite threads and sev­eral have been killed be­cause of it.

Thakur said, “To en­sure that the birds con­tinue to have a pres­ence in na­ture and the lives of hu­man be­ings, we are ap­peal­ing to all to place wa­ter bowls out­side their houses and seeds for the birds.”

The NGO started keep­ing out wa­ter bowls as wa­ter dries up at sev­eral sources of wa­ter dur­ing sum­mer.

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