New Delhi: World Sparrow Day is celebrated on March 20 every year. The day is celebrated with the aim to raise awareness and protect the sparrows, which are not so commonly seen now due to noise pollution.
World Sparrow Day is an initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India along with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation of France and several other national and international organisations across the globe. The Nature Forever Society was started by an Indian conservationist, Mohammad Dilawar.
He had started his work helping the house sparrows in Nashik, Maharashtra. He was named one of the ‘Heroes of the Environment’ by Time in 2008 for his work. The idea of observing the World Sparrow Day came up during an informal discussion at the Nature Forever Society of India office.
World Sparrow Day was celebrated for the first time in 2010 in various parts of the world. World Sparrow Day was celebrated by carrying out different kinds of activities like art competitions, awareness campaigns and sparrow processions.
The Theme of World Sparrow Day 2021 is ‘I Love Sparrows’. The day aims to encourage the youth to love the birds and take care of them especially when the summer season is here and the birds need cool shade and water.
Here are some interesting facts about sparrows-
- Common name: House sparrow
- Scientific name: Passer domesticus
- Height: 16 centimeter
- Wingspan: 21 centimeter
- Weight: 25-40 grams
Sparrows are known to live in the green patches but in the last 2 decades their population is on the decline in almost every city. Here’s how you can celebrate World Sparrow Day-
Sparrow in colors- Draw paintings and posters on sparrows and other birds. Help the children make colourful posters to be put up in your neighbourhood. This will help raise awareness on birds.
Sparrow walk- Go for a local sparrow walk in the morning or evening. Take a hike to the local garden or playground or lake. You can carry binoculars or cameras to spot and identify the sparrows.
Sparrow tattoos- You can invite a tattoo artist to paint the kids’ in hues of their favourite birds.
Fancy dress competition- You can dress the kids as sparrows, crows, pigeons and mynas and let the best one win.
Sparrow friendly habits- Teach kids to keep a bowl of water and grains in the balcony for sparrows.
Interactive games- Introduce children to the importance of sparrows through games. You can go creative with ideas like sparrow treasure hunt and sparrow jigsaw.
Here are some quotes and messages you can share to spread awareness-
Thousands of house sparrows that used to greet us every day have disappeared now. Take a step to undo this and protect them. Happy Sparrow Day.
Spread awareness amongst your friends and family about our disappearing little friends and encourage them to take a stand to protect them on this occasion of Sparrow Day.
Don’t let another species of God’s creation get extinguished in your watch. Protect and save the sparrows. Wish you a very happy Sparrow Day.
”Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment”. -Mahatma Gandhi
“The sparrow that is twittering on the edge of my balcony is calling up to me this moment a world of memories that reach over half my lifetime, and a world of hope that stretches farther than any flight of sparrows”. -Donald G. Mitchell