Feed sparrows, keep a bowl of water outside your homes
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.