Saturday, March 20, 2021

In protection of Sparrows

Mom reminded me this morning that today (March 20) is World Sparrow Day; although I was thinking about this day at the beginning of the month, I lost thought of sparrows, like how they lost their habitation from our Indian cities. The song of the sparrows almost lost track from the memories; however, I try to remember their tweet, it couldn't reach my ears; perhaps other volumes have risen to deafen my ears from listening to the sound of mind voice.

House sparrow shot from an upper mountain village near Kodaikanal.

The last time I saw sparrows was in 2018 when I visited a part of western ghats but not away from the human habitat. Sparrows are friends of humans, and we shouldn't have forgotten their friendship when we technically grew and adapt to a lifestyle that snatched their lives. There could be various reason for their disappearance in cities, but we cannot deny that human mistake is a major part of the series of issues.

Until 2015, the sparrows exist in the backyard of my grandparent's house in the neighborhood. The backyard was cleared to build a home for my grandfather's comfort when he was ill, but it wasn't their intention to drive away sparrows, and of course, no one intends of destroying a habitation when bringing changes in lives. And it happens beyond our consciousness and needs.

I remember how sparrows used to build their nest in front of the grandpa’s tea shop, using the hay stored for feeding cows and buffaloes; despite the activities of people who come to have tea, the sparrows lived peacefully and reproduced. Sometimes they build their nest in the cowshed and the gaps of the planks of the tiled roof.

As a society, everyone is responsible for the extinction of the sparrow, and it is the responsibility of the same community to protect the sparrows that remain here and there. Not only sparrows, but we also need to protect all kinds of birds on the brink of extinction. World Sparrow Day is the day designed to move this activity forward and raise awareness of the house sparrows. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organizations across the world.

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm happy to have the preserves and forests that are kept for wildlife and birds here in Florida. It sure gives us joy to be able to take walks and enjoy nature. Thanks for sharing your memories.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeevan,

Great post and info on the Sparrows. Your photo is pretty, you captured a nice looking sparrow.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

Tom said...

...sparrows are quite common here and we have a number of varieties.

Villrose said...

There were sparrows everywhere when I grew up. Now, I hardly see any! Sad what has happen.

L. D. said...

This is an interesting post. As the sparrow is so plentiful in our country it makes me wonder why yours is almost extinct.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post about the sparrow ~ and sweet photo of one ~ I love the little sparrow and they come to my bird feeder frequently ~ Xo

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George said...

We have quite a few different species of birds around our house. We enjoy watching them as they come to our feeders. I'm sorry to hear that sparrows are disappearing from your part of the world.

Destination Infinity said...

A couple of years ago, one sparrow came inside our house. I was glad to see that there were still sparrows around! But nowadays spotting a sparrow is a very rare sight. Especially in cities. 2.0 was a movie that unintentionally brought attention to the extinction of sparrows due to cell phone usage. I hope more activists take up this cause and bring the sparrows back.

Destination Infinity

bill burke said...

Nice photo of the little sparrow. I wonder why they are disappearing in your country.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jeevan,.:=) I didn't know that there is a World Sparrow Day, and why not, it is a lovely little bird. I see them on the farm, and they seem to be doing well.
Have a good week,:=)