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Bid to increase house sparrow population

By Ramen Kalita

NALBARI, March 19 � While the beautiful house sparrow is on the verge of extinction, a worldwide day has been fixed to create awareness about the conservation of this small bird on March 20. These small and beautiful birds live very close to human habitation. But now they are facing a lot of problems due to changing human habitation system.

In Nalbari district, local nature organisation Green Environment Task Force (GETF) with its limited resources has been working on the conservation of house sparrows. For this the GETF has been providing shelters to these birds with wooden and bamboo bird houses in select areas to increase the declining population of this bird species. The organisation has also involved the local people in its conservation effort, besides creating awareness about conservation of this bird species.

The organisation has of late focused their energies in conserving the house sparrows in the Bidyapur locality off the town which is considered a pocket of this bird species. The NGO has undertaken a slew of measures in the area for conservation of these birds. Recently, the nature organisation placed a number of bird houses on the Madhav Mandir premises of the locality and it has been quite successful, said GETF activist Deviant Borah.

The aim of the NGO was to provide suitable nesting places for the house sparrows, thus helping to increase the population of the birds, besides involving the community in conservation works among others.

It has been learnt that the house sparrows are fast disappearing due to a variety of reasons like lack of nesting sites, roosting spots and food, etc. With the fast decline of the nesting spots for house sparrows, these artificial nesting habitats are helping to boost the house sparrow population in Bidyapur village.

The organization has been observing the World Sparrow Day on March 20 every year starting from 2013. This year the celebration will be held at Nalanda Public School, Nalbari, in collaboration with Green Globe, another nature organisation. The event will also feature a speech contest among students of different schools in Nalbari town.

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Bid to increase house sparrow population

NALBARI, March 19 � While the beautiful house sparrow is on the verge of extinction, a worldwide day has been fixed to create awareness about the conservation of this small bird on March 20. These small and beautiful birds live very close to human habitation. But now they are facing a lot of problems due to changing human habitation system.

In Nalbari district, local nature organisation Green Environment Task Force (GETF) with its limited resources has been working on the conservation of house sparrows. For this the GETF has been providing shelters to these birds with wooden and bamboo bird houses in select areas to increase the declining population of this bird species. The organisation has also involved the local people in its conservation effort, besides creating awareness about conservation of this bird species.

The organisation has of late focused their energies in conserving the house sparrows in the Bidyapur locality off the town which is considered a pocket of this bird species. The NGO has undertaken a slew of measures in the area for conservation of these birds. Recently, the nature organisation placed a number of bird houses on the Madhav Mandir premises of the locality and it has been quite successful, said GETF activist Deviant Borah.

The aim of the NGO was to provide suitable nesting places for the house sparrows, thus helping to increase the population of the birds, besides involving the community in conservation works among others.

It has been learnt that the house sparrows are fast disappearing due to a variety of reasons like lack of nesting sites, roosting spots and food, etc. With the fast decline of the nesting spots for house sparrows, these artificial nesting habitats are helping to boost the house sparrow population in Bidyapur village.

The organization has been observing the World Sparrow Day on March 20 every year starting from 2013. This year the celebration will be held at Nalanda Public School, Nalbari, in collaboration with Green Globe, another nature organisation. The event will also feature a speech contest among students of different schools in Nalbari town.