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Assam: Bishram Ghar distributes organic birds’ nests to create awareness on sparrow conservation

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Dibrugarh, Oct 30: House sparrow are facing extinction threat due to urbanization and noise pollution. The population of house sparrow has drastically declined in last few years. Taking cognizance of the matter, nature based groups are taking a slew of measures for the protection of this bird species.

Factors like urbanisation, replacement of ventilators with air conditioners in houses, radiation from mobile towers, pollution, use of insecticides and pesticides in farms and emission of harmful gases are considered the main reasons that led to a drastic decline in the population of sparrows.

To create awareness on the conservation of sparrow, Bishram Ghar has taken a step by distributing organic bamboo birds’ nests among the teachers and students at a programme held at Indri Miri conference hall in Dibrugarh University on Monday.

Assam: Bishram Ghar distributes organic birds’ nests to create awareness on sparrow conservation

Speaking at the programme, Pranab Kumar Talukdar, president of Bishram Ghar, said, “Our main aim is to conserve the sparrow. The house sparrow are facing a threat of extinction. Earlier, we can see the sparrows in our house but now we cannot spot them due to noise pollution and construction. We have done surveys in Guwahati at 15 locations and found that no sparrow was spotted. Their population has been dwindling at a rampant pace.”

Professor L.R. Saikia, HOD, Life Science, Dibrugarh University, said, “Due to habitat loss, the population of sparrow has been dwindling. There are many factors which have resulted the declining population of sparrow. Everybody should come forward and work for the conservation of sparrow.”

A power point presentation was given by Firoz Hussain, renowned Ornithologist, on endangered birds of Assam.

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“Bird watchers from other countries come to Northeast especially in Assam to see birds. But some birds like sparrow are facing the danger of extinction due to urbanization and pollution. Earlier, we can easily spot sparrow in our areas but now we can’t spot them easily because of their declining pollution. If the things are going like this, within a short time, the sparrow will become extinct,” Hussain said.

Small birds like sparrow, Marsh Babbler eat insects. But due to use of chemicals and pesticides in tea garden areas, the birds have stopped coming to these places. “These birds are very sensitive and we should care about them to keep a healthy and balanced eco-system,” he stressed and added that house sparrow conservation is necessary.

Brigadier Surendra Prasad (Retd), Alak Baruah, general manager, CSR, BCPL, students from Dibrugarh University and various schools and colleges of Dibrugarh were present during the programme.

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