Govt whip Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar has announced a Gift a Nest programme to save the sparrows and birds especially in the forthcoming summer season in the state.
He was attending as the chief guest at the World Sparrow Day celebrated at KBR Park by bird lovers today. Telangana State Forest Department and Hyderabad Birding Pals created awareness on the tiny sparrows involving students, nature lovers, walkers, policymakers, academicians, researchers and the scientific community.
The program started at 6 am at KBR park followed by a Welcome and brief introduction of World Sparrow Day and group photos, Proceeded to Nature trail and bird walk by all the participants, the experts briefed about the identification of the birds, trees and the biodiversity and its interactions. Then after the nature trail, the participants and experts gathered near the gate to discuss more the conservation issues.
A photo gallery is also arranged by the Hyderabad Birding pals to tell about the importance of the birds and its role in the nature. Also, there is slogan writing and elocution organized, and prizes distributed.
Nature lovers bought the bird feeders, nests, and other models for saving the birds during this summer season by providing water, food and nest to these tiny birds who are part of the ecosystem and help in pollination.
PCF chief R Sobha, Adl PccF Siddanand Kukreti, Hyderabad CCF M.J.Akbar, DFO Joji, KBR park walkers association, Hyderabad birding pals, nature lovers, KBR park staff were among those who have participated in the event.
WHY HOUSE SPARROWS ARE DECLINING?
The house sparrow is believed to be declining for various reasons ranging from the destruction of its habitat to lack of insect food for the young and even the increasing microwave pollution from mobile phone towers.
The idea of celebrating World Sparrow Day idea was to earmark a day for the House Sparrow to convey the message of conservation of the House Sparrow and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which we take so much for granted. Nature, we must understand, does not come with a lifetime guarantee.
World Sparrow Day also has a broader vision to provide a platform where people who are working on the conservation of the House Sparrow and other common birds can network, collaborate and exchange conservation ideas which will lead to better science and improved results. It aims to provide a meeting ground for people from different parts of the world to come together and form a force that can play an important role in advocacy and in spreading awareness on the need of conserving common biodiversity or species of lower conservation status.