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Chi(r)p in for Citizen Sparrow! You Can Help!

radt IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 03 April 2012 at 3:07pm | IP Logged
For every member who spared a moment to open this topic... Thank You!
This post has got nothing to do with the show but I wanted some of you to come forward and help.
Have you realized that you used to get up hearing chippings of this little bird as a kid and now haven't seen it in ages?
Wasn't seeing parrots exciting and sparrows regular... like a decade ago?
Have you wondered if your kids are only going to google sparrows as a part of their science projects on endangered species?

Citizen Sparrow, an initiative of the Bombay Natural History Society and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, invites citizens to participate in finding out why sparrows are disappearing. Log in to save the sparrow

On March 19, which has since 2011 been observed as World Sparrow Day, we carried a special photo-feature contributed by a Yahoo! reader on how Bangaloreans have made space for sparrows in their homes and hearts. Why a special day to celebrate a common bird, some people wondered. The answer lies in the question itself.

Most city-dwellers in India have doubtless noticed that sparrows are not as common as they used to be. There are many reasons for that. 
Researchers blame the increasing use of insecticide ' adult sparrows feed their chicks with a protein-rich diet consisting largely of worms and insects and switch to a more vegetarian diet as they grow into adults. Our preference for apartments over traditional housing has led to an acute shortage of nesting spaces for sparrows, which used to be comfortable finding nooks and crannies in tiled houses, holes in the walls and ventilators. Add to that the transformation of our neighborhoods into increasingly barren urban spaces devoid of small leafy trees in which sparrows choose to roost. Some people blame pigeons, mynas and crows for competing with and edging out sparrows, and a few others point fingers at mounting air pollution levels and the radiation from microwave towers that are burgeoning on our cityscapes.

In the absence of holistic research there's no shortage of guesswork and conspiracy theories to explain what has happened to sparrows. Apart from scattered efforts, little has been done to determine why sparrows are disappearing, or if they are disappearing at all.

Until now.

Launched this week, Citizen Sparrow is a project that calls ordinary citizens like you and me to contribute our local knowledge of the presence and absence of sparrows in our local neighborhoods. Spearheaded by the Bombay Natural History Society together with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and partnered by the Mysore-based Nature Conservation Foundationand the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Citizen Sparrow weaves in a consortium of NGOs, conservationists and researchers who have lent their support to the project.

How to participate

Visit the Citizen Sparrow website, register yourself and start reporting the presence or absence of sparrows in your locality using the online forms provided. You can enter your location either by manually inputting the geographical coordinates of your neighborhood or selecting it from a map. The information you submit is fed into a national database. You can report as many records as you like from as many locations as possible -- from common areas like your school or college campus, local bus stand, railway station and airport to agricultural fields and home gardens. Don't waste time, because the project ends on May 31.

And it's not all dry data. Citizen Sparrow also lets you share interesting stories about sparrows ' there's a space for your nostalgic memories or funny anecdotes involving these little birds. Individuals, organizations and entire offices are welcome to participate. All contributors are listed on the Citizen Sparrow page.

So go ahead and chi(r)p in to secure the future of our friendly neighborhood sparrow. All Citizen Sparrow demands is a few minutes of your time for an activity that is heartwarming, ennobling and purposeful. And it might help bring the cheerful chirping of sparrows back into our lives.

You could say it's a bit like citizen journalism, minus the sleaze!

Log on to

Citizen Sparrow Site Link...

Please contribute!
Citizen Sparrow will run for two months, and closes on 31 May, so do participate now! 

Edited by radt - 03 April 2012 at 3:08pm

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Posted: 04 April 2012 at 9:25am | IP Logged
thank you for the article

these birds were the cutest little things
and i did read the piece in  a newspaper and its just sad

and Done

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cs-07 IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 04 April 2012 at 9:35am | IP Logged

pls make it a sticky for two months so that people can do something for a cause

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