ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020

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APPEAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT ON WORLD SPARROW DAY ON 20TH MARCH 2020

 
APPEAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT ON  WORLD SPARROW DAY ON 20TH MARCH 2020.
 
World Sparrow Day is celebrated on 20 March to raise the awareness about sparrows and other common birds affected by the environment which are on the verge of extinction. The Nature Forever Society (NFS) in India started an international initiative to celebrate World Sparrow Day. This Society works in the collaboration with Eco-Sys Action Foundation from France. The Nature Forever Society was founded by an Indian conservationist Mohammed Dilawar started his work helping the house sparrows in Nasik. Every year celebration is organized according to the theme. The theme for World Sparrow Day is "I LOVE Sparrows" and is pictured like " I ♥ Sparrows"..
 
The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is perhaps one of the earliest birds. Their nests dotted almost every house in the neighbourhood as well as public places like bus bays and railway stations; they lived in colonies and survived on food grains and tiny worms. Many bird watchers and ornithologists recall with fondness, the house sparrow gave flight to their passion for observing birds.
 
The house sparrow is now a disappearing species. But like all other plants and animals which were once abundant and are now facing an uncertain future, their numbers are also declining across their natural range. There is no one single reason for the decline of house sparrow. Its slow but noticeable disappearance has been labeled as one of the biggest mysteries of recent times. 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. 
 
On World sparrow Day 2020, it is observed everyone to raise awareness. I hope that on this day common people, various government agencies, scientific communities would come up with the measures to save them. It is a hope that with this theme more people will join several events and campaigns to protect the sparrows and save biodiversity.  
 
 Director