Mohammed Dilawar



March 20, 2012, Happy World Sparrow Day !

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Bangalore, Inde, March 2011


World Sparrow Day 2011


On March 20, 2011 a number of schools and associations (including the RSPB in the UK and a number of Birdlife partners) have organised activities in over 15 countries like Hong Kong and Madagascar.  The event has reached a whole new level and Boopy is counting on each of you to take action for these birds on this symbolic day or on any other day.


Here are a few events that have taken place on World Sparrow Day :


Boopy and Eco-Sys Action presented an exposition on the birds of Hong Kong  to the students of Hong Lok Yuen International School in Hong Kong and the International College of Hong Kong.  Numerous posters illustrated the most symbolic birds of the region.  Nature is everywhere in Hong Kong and many ecosystems are concentrated in a very small region.  This event spotlighted birds living not only in the urban areas, but also living in the marshes, the mangrove, the sea, and the forests of Hong Kong.  The students created badges and magnets while learning to appreciate the ornithological richness of Hong Kong; on the road to school, on campus and in their own backyards





The official ceremony for World Sparrow Day took place this year in Bangalore, India at Wipro Technologies Electronic City campus. Wipro, one of the largest information technology services providers in the world, understands the importance of common birds in an urban setting as an indicator of a city's health. Mohammed Diliwar, with a little help from Boopy, presented the situation of the sparrows in India to Wipro employees during two conferences and responded live to their questions on Facebook and Twitter. Sparrow watching was also organized in the largest park in the city.








Members of the Patna ECO Task Force College, India, have organised a bird watching activity a few days before World Sparrow Day.





New Delhi, India, March 2010


World Sparrow Day 2010


The launch of this incredible adventure open to children as well as adults took place March 20, 2010 in New Delhi, India, in the presence of government representatives, including Dr. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, non-governmental organizations, researchers, students, nature lovers, and a number of journalists.



Bristol, UK: celebration at the Avon Wildlife Trust.
- Hundreds of people reported their sparrow sightings and started blogs to share their sparrow experiences, what they represent, etc.

- Organization of the "Festival of Feather" to encourage people to build and put up house sparrow terraces.





Modena, Italy: Lipu-Birdlife conference
- A conference on house sparrows as an indicator of the health of the urban environment.




Nashik, Maharashtra, India: Rangubai Junnare English Medium School

- Installation of bird feeders and nesting boxes at the school.
- Drawing competition.




Patna, Bihar, India: Patna Women's College, Eco-Task Force
- Formation of a human chain holding signs and banners.

- Distribution of more than a thousand information pamphlets.

- Examples of bird feeding.




Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: Parijatham Trust
- Sparrow songs composed by the poet Bharathiyar were sung by students from many different schools.
- Drawing competition.




Kothapurinatham, Puducherry, India: Government Middle School
- Clay sparrow exhibit.
- Nesting box building.
- Sparrow poem reading.




Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India: Asian Wildlife Foundation
- Photo and painting competition with the presentation of bird houses and certificates as prizes.
- Conference on "the sparrow in an urban environment.




East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India: Kriya, Mallam Village High School
- Campaign of bird awareness and protection.
- Classroom conferences.
- Photo competition in the village by the students.




Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India: Manjoor Taluka

- Procession of students in the city in order to demonstrate the decline of sparrows and what can be done to help them
(pamphlets distributed to more than 700 people).

- Campagne de sensibilisation des élèves et des représentants des villages voisins.




Goa, Panaji, India: Mission Green

- Public bird watching.




Chattisgarh, Raipur, India: Chattisgarh Wildlife Society
- Local and international media publication of the reason for the disappearance of the sparrow in the region, principally because of a
massacre for its meat which is mistakenly considered to be an aphrodisiac.



Jaipur, Rajastan, India: Bhavani Child Development Center
- Drawing competitions by learning disabled children at the center.
- Réalisation d’exposés sur les moineaux et explications au public.




Junagadh, Gujarat, India: Prakruti Nature Club
- Creation of cardboard nesting boxes by the students.
- Increased awareness about the sparrow situation.
- Drawing competition.
- Cultural program (songs, dances) with a sparrow theme.




Junagadh, Gujarat, India: Karuna International
- An entire week dedicated to sparrow awareness.
- Drawing and essay competitions.
- Bird identification field trip.
- Nesting box fabrication.
- Numerous lectures by the students on “The Importance of Birds,” “Our Flying Friends,” and “Birds and the Environment.



Vadodara, Gujarat, India: Canine Group Association
- Distribution of nesting boxes and awareness campaigns in different parts of the city.




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