Have you realized that the number of sparrows has dwindled to a great extent in the past few years? Many of us are not even aware of this fact but it is true that the sparrow population has been affected widely. Because of this reason, the state of Uttar Pradesh has marked 20th March as the World Sparrow Day. This day has been especially devoted to the sparrows where the people of the country will be made aware of the decreasing population of sparrows and various measures would be undertaken so as to increase the population of sparrows.
According to Akhilesh Yadav, the message of decreasing bird population should reach each and every corner of the country so that everyone is aware of this situation. This year on 20th March 2016, World Sparrow Day was celebrated at Janeshwar Mishra Park, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. Let us see a few highlights of the World Sparrow Day:
- A function had been organized on this day to spread the message of sparrow conservation at the Janeshwar Mishra Park, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
- A movie had been released on the theme of sparrows that would promote the message of conservation of sparrows.
- A photo exhibition on sparrows had also been held on the same day.
- Those people who have a great contribution towards the conservation of sparrows had been honored on this auspicious occasion and awarded the Gauriya Mitra Puraskar. This award is presented only to those who manage to conserve the highest number of sparrows in the state.
- Also on this special occasion, a book and a CD on sparrows had been released.
- Many sparrow nests had been distributed to children and school students so that the conservation of sparrows rises and the birds get a safe habitat to live in.
- Many officers have been given the role in monitoring the houses with sparrow nests so that they remain in a well-functioning condition.
- The state forest department will give out 1000 Sparrow boxes to each of the 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh.
- These nests have been designed scientifically and without any chemicals so that they can attract the sparrows. These houses are made of wood having a 3.2cm hole, large enough for a sparrow to enter and relatively smaller for any predator to intrude.
Our country has witnessed a sharp decline in the sparrow population due to the emerging era of rapid urbanization, excessive use of insecticides and pesticides, all sorts of pollution, deforestation and many other negative factors. It is high time that we must give a thought on these little creatures otherwise a day will come when they will be counted on the list of extinct species. Being responsible citizens of our country, it is our duty to conserve these birds else the future generations will never know about sparrows. It is a really praiseworthy initiative of the UP Chief Minister who is so active in conserving the state natural habitat besides achieving sustainable development.
Article by Anisha Dutta
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