Dom­bivli’s spar­row project to pre­serve small birds

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sajana Nambiar sajana.nambiar@hin­dus­tan­times.com The project was launched on Thurs day.

Dom­bivli res­i­dents will soon get a spar­row park where they can learn and see the birds which are fast dwin­dling.

To be de­vel­oped at Gharda Cir­cle, the ini­tia­tive by the Ro­tary Club aims at pre­serv­ing the birds and spread­ing aware­ness on them.

The project was launched on Thurs­day by mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar and Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde.

It will take three months for the park to be com­plete, said Pral­had Desh­pande, a Ro­tar­ian.

The club said the num­ber of smaller birds has de­creased by 70% in last three decades.

“Many rea­sons such as ra­di­a­tion haz­ards due to mo­bile tow­ers, air pol­lu­tion, con­crete jun­gle and the change and loss of the nat­u­ral habi­tat are re­spon­si­ble for the loss in num­bers,” said Desh­pande.

“The park will cre­ate an ar­ti­fi­cial habi­tat for spar­rows and other small birds. It will also cre­ate a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for breed­ing of th­ese birds. It would be a tourist at­trac­tion for fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially chil­dren who will de­velop an in­ter­est in birds,” he said.

The gar­den will have a dome of fab­ri­cated mesh through which only small birds can en­ter. This will pro­tect them from preda­tors such as crows, hawks and kites which other­wise de­stroy their eggs and chicks.

Ra­jeev Mohite, pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Club, Dom­bivli, said: “The spar­row park will boost eco­log­i­cal aware­ness among young­sters.”

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

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