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World Sparrow Day: Sparrows require shelter, food and human support to survive
In the last few years, due to the efforts of some NGOs, social groups and bird lovers, the concern on the dwindling population of sparrows has heightened in the urban areas of the country. The activities at institutional levels are peaking up with the approaching March 20 when the World Sparrow Day (WSD) will be observed across the globe.

Once, the house sparrow was the most common bird both in urban and rural areas. With the fast-paced urban development activities, installation on mobile towers and real estate business picking up, the warning signal about the destruction of urban eco-system and bio-diversity was noticed in 2010 with fast dwindling population sparrows.

According to the website savesparrow.com, our thirst for modernization has made them lose sparrows' homes and natural habitat with no adequate food and places to breed for them is left.

It seems the modern urbanization, which destroys the natural habitat of sparrows with creating alternatives, is detrimental to bio-diversity leading to the extinction of sparrows. WSD is meant to create public awareness about the decline in the population of house sparrows and their utility.

It is said that bird houses, planting thorny trees, creating and putting up feeding tables for sparrows may be helpful.

"The sparrow needs our help and support. It requires food and shelter. For centuries it has been our constant social companion hopping around our home. We can make a difference and save the sparrow from complete extinction. All you have to do is take a small step! Not only will you be able to save the sparrow but you can also bring in immense joy to your daily life with this kind deed," appeals the website.

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