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Nature Forever Society working towards sparrow conservation in India

Nature Forever Society started by Environmentalist Mohammed E. Dilawar aims to create awareness for conservation of House Sparrow and also educate people on conserving the common birds which are a vital part of the ecosystem.

According to a study, there's been an 80 per cent decline in the number of Sparrows during the past decade.According to a study, there's been an 80 per cent decline in the number of Sparrows

The common sparrow found across Asia,
Europe and Africa, in urban as well as rural landscapes is a true blue symbol of the ‘beauty of the ordinary’ and so far, little attention has been given to research and practical conservation measures for sparrows and common birds.  Environmentalist Mohammed E. Dilawar set up the Nature Forever Society (NFS) with the aim to change this and bring about a notion that conservation of common species of flora and fauna is as important as the conservation of threatened species. He says, “Our philosophy rests on the understanding that today’s common species are tomorrow threatened and endangered species, if timely conservation is not initiated. The best example in this regard is the case of the Indian vultures, which till a decade ago, were one of the most common raptor in the world. Today the vultures are on the brink of extinction,”

Mohammed Dilawar has been working for the cause of sparrow conservation for over 6 years nowMohammed Dilawar has been working for the cause of sparrow conservation for over 6 years now

He further adds, “House sparrows and other common birds are declining across the globe and according to the latest sparrow census put together by various environmental organizations, there has been an 80 per cent decline in their numbers during the past decade. The decline of the sparrow has been a matter of much concern and debate across the country but no one wants to do anything to protect them. Also we want to conserve not just the diminishing sparrow count but also save all the common birds and biodiversity found in our immediate environment, which are often overlooked,”

Sparrows are dwindling due to rapid urbanization and unplanned developmentSparrows are dwindling due to rapid urbanization and unplanned development

Dilawar has been working for the cause of sparrow conservation for more than six years now.  His efforts for the conservation of House Sparrows are recognized both at the National and International level.  In 2008 he was listed on the Time Magazine as a ‘hero’ of the environment.  Apart from that he has also initiated the World Sparrow Day (WSD), which will be celebrated across the globe on March 20. “The rationale of having this day is not simply to celebrate the event for a single day, but to use it to bring together all the individuals and organizations working for conservation of sparrows and urban biodiversity on a common platform. We aim to build a network which can result in better linkages of like-minded people. In the long term, it’s an effective way to carry out advocacy, do collaborative research and form national and international linkages,” he explains

Dilawar also hopes that this initiative will help in getting the attention of government agencies and the scientific community on a whole, for more conservation measures and research on common bird species and urban biodiversity.  “Common birds like the sparrow are bio-indicators of the ecosystem and their decline is a constant reminder of the polluted environment we live in.  Rapid urbanization, lack of nesting grounds due to increased concrete structures; excessive use of pesticides, exotic plants replacing native plants has created obstacles in habitat of the birds. To do our bit to save these birds we also distribute nest boxes and feeders as they help in spreading awareness about the conservation of the birds,”

For the World Sparrow Day, NFS will showcase exclusive photographs and information on as many as 22 of the 26 species of sparrows on its website. Among other attractions are events including an open-for-all photography contest in association with the Bangalore Photography Workshop, common bird watching trips, public discussions, exhibitions, presentations, bird rallies, art competitions, educational and public events, all aimed at paying more attention to conservation of birds in people’s neighborhoods.   

Sparrows are dwindling because…
Change in building architecture in India - With increasing number of match-box type buildings (buildings which have areas like ducts etc, for larger birds like pigeons to nest) being built in India, the sparrows have a bleak chance of nesting.

Urban green desert - Today, gardens are full of exotic species of plants which have of no ecological role to play and are of no use to native birds and insects. These exotic plants are a stress on the vital resources like water and require large quantities of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. There is an urgent to need to create awareness among people to replace these species with native species.

Changing attitude and life styles - Changing attitude of people towards birds and biodiversity is one of the most important reasons why conservation becomes difficult. People today are too busy in their everyday humdrum and have little time to think about birds.Years ago, people shared a symbiotic relationship with animals and often wouldn’t mind seeing sparrows building nests in their houses. On the contrary, they would welcome the birds by regularly feeding them and providing clean water.

Mobile towers and cell phones
  - The advent of man-made threats like the rising numbers of mobile phone towers and microwave pollution is silent killer of sparrows.
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For more information on the decline of sparrows and how you can help, visit www.natureforever.org

Tags: nature forever society, mohammed dilawar, world sparrow day, march 20, house sparrows, common birds, common species, flora and fauna, endangered species, indian vultures, sparrow census

15 comments

garima yadav Apr 08th, 2011 11:15 PM

great effort.I'm doing my reserch work in birds,so i can say its really really a great job...all the best

Dr Chinam Gopinath Mar 27th, 2011 07:09 PM

Mr Dilawar's initiative  in saving one of the most lovable and harmless of birds  is really remarkable . We  need more sparrows  around and  we need more Dilawars to make this possible - I have balconies with lots of plants where  honey sucking birds and butterflies come  during flowering season . Where can I buy   the bird feeders  from - can some one kindly advise-  I am in Bangalore

vijayakumar Mar 24th, 2011 03:57 PM

Dear Mohammad Dilawar,
I am with you for this holy work of saving the House Sparrow.Go ahead .Call me anytime/anywhere.Wonderful.
R

manjunath nisarga mangalore Mar 21st, 2011 02:07 PM

hi mohammed,
i appreciate your initiative.i am a HR trainer visiting various schools and colleges ,suggest me to create awareness among school children. if anyone is interested to create awareness in mangalore , i can organise seminars in various inastitutions.
also give me tips to save sparrows nearby our houses.
thanq

Avinnash Mar 21st, 2011 12:53 PM

Great work keep it up.

Sumita Mar 20th, 2011 10:17 AM

Hi, Mr Dilawar, we are based in bangalore, and have couple of bamboo trees in the garment factory that we run. One of the tree has about 80-100 sparrows living in it. They were very few 3 yrs back , since the last year however they have doubled in number.
We are feeding them regularly, it is a pleasure to see them coming back home every evening,and their chirping sound makes us feel like we are in a place away from the city..

Raksha Bhat Mar 20th, 2011 01:12 AM

Help and have no mind narrow,rise for it is the fall of a sparrow...here is something I wrote for the day...http://ink-and-feathers.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-for-buddy-best-brownie-bird.html

Dear Mohammad Dilawar,
I am with you for this holy work of saving the House Sparrow.Go ahead .Call me anytime/anywhere.Wonderful.
Jas Preet Singh Chadha Ropar Punjab
 
 

Mathew John Mar 19th, 2011 08:57 AM

  Keep up the good work, once the tiny creatures are saved, the big one's automatically will follow.

Dr Mookhi Amir Ali Mar 17th, 2011 10:04 PM

You are doing Allah's work, Mohd Dilawar

edward aranha Mar 17th, 2011 07:09 PM

for some time it was always in my mind, where on earth these little creatures have disappeared, memories are fresh to have seen and grown with these sparrows.  now our children find it a extinct bird, rarely to be seen. v r with u.

Geetha Nayak Mar 16th, 2011 08:24 PM

Hi Mohammed, Its great to see your efforts to spread awareness about conservation of sparrows. Keep up the good work!
As a researcher in ecology, I am just curious to know if there is any scientific evidence of mobile phone towers and microwave pollution posing threat to sparrows/birds. Cheers!
 

GIRISH .D.DARYANANI Mar 16th, 2011 08:20 PM

great work mohmad bhai, proud to b ur friend

Priyanka Mar 16th, 2011 01:16 PM

Great work 

richa Mar 15th, 2011 01:50 PM

hi.i am vry happy that some of u guys r really luking after this type of work..i m happy to be with u :))

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