Until a few decades ago, no natural scenery could be complete without a few house sparrows flying by. These friendly birds were everywhere – in the farms, at home, in the barn, and just about anywhere they could spot a convenient hole to nest. Mornings would typically begin with the excited twitter of these cherubic sparrows. They would perch on shrubs or hedges and hop, hop, hop about in search of grains!
But such idyllic scenes are a rarity these days. Sparrows that are essential indicators of the health and balance of our environment are vanishing from our midst, and rapidly! Popular television channels give us constant reminders about extinction of the exotic snow leopard and the Bengal tiger, but the story of the missing common sparrow is still unsaid...
The future generations may have to Google for ‘house sparrows’!
Can we stop this from happening?
The sharp decline in the population of the house sparrow is a plain indication of environmental degradation. This is the most obvious reason but we could list the various reasons that have led to this situation:
Sparrows have evolved with us through the ages. Isn’t it our responsibility to save the sparrow from extinction? Let’s save the singing sparrows!
Conservation of sparrows or any other species is in hands of common people – like you and me. Instead of applying to Government bodies and organizations, we can start off by doing our bit.
Recall those nostalgic moments from your childhood - the sparrow-stories you’ve heard from your mother and grandmother, the sight of these little birds pecking at the rice flour ‘kolam’ (a traditional pattern/ rangoli drawn at the entrance of houses), sparrows chirping you awake in the morning – and try to recreate them for the generations to come…