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.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Where have the sparrows gone?

Himanshu Kaushik | TNN | Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 06.29 AM IST

AHMEDABAD : As the world celebrates 'World Sparrow Day' to create awareness of the decreasing number of house sparrows especially in urban areas, non-government organizations have joined hands to estimate a count of house sparrows in Gujarat.

The Nature Club, Surat, in coordination with the Bird Conservation Society, will be collecting data of the sightings of the house sparrow in the respective areas for a week beginning from Monday World Sparrow Day. Apart from collecting data from the people through social media app, hundreds of volunteers across the state will also report sightings of house sparrows in urban and rural area.

Snehal Patel of the Nature Club, Surat, said, "We decided to have a count when I realized that sparrows were decreasing fast in urban areas while there was still sizeable population in rural areas."

=Patel said the count will pave way for formulating policies to save sparrows. "Since the sparrow was not a scheduled bird it was not a priority of the government, and now the NGOs are joining hands to save the birds from extinction."

"Volunteers and members of the Bird Conservation Society will be conducting the count. Apart from the rough count, we would also mark areas with high populations of sparrows," Patel added. 

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