As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

RARE BIRD SPECIES: NGO Ward foundation declares 2014 as the 'year of the sparrow'

TNN | Mar 20, 2014, 08.04PM IST

NAGPUR: The common sparrow has not remained so common these days, with the bird attaining the fourth rank in the list of rare birds. This is what prompted NGO WARD (Wild life Conservation and Agro-Rural Development) Foundation to declare the current year as the 'year of the sparrow'. On World Sparrow Day on Wednesday, the NGO pledged to take efforts to conserve and protect sparrows along with increasing awareness about it.

The NGO also made efforts to teach people the way of building nests and bird houses. By means of leaflets, they also gave away information about places where these bird houses would be available at a reasonable price. They also conducted a drawing competition for kids wherein children were to draw sparrows.

"We all need to take efforts to conserve sparrows. Each animal is important for maintaining the balance of nature. Therefore, we have come up with the concept of 'One house, one bird nest'. If all houses have a space for the birds, there are chances that the bird will no longer remain as elusive and rare a sight as it now is," said Dr Mangesh Nakade, founder of WARD Foundation and the president of Indian Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA).

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