Discovering a bird lover in me

Yesterday, On our regular visit to the nearest mall. I spotted a stall setup which from a distance looked like a miniature village with small wooden mini huts. On inquiry I found out that the small little houses are for little birds that flock around our neighborhood. A Nashik based NGO called Nature forever had setup an awareness camp and they were selling birdhouses and bird feeders at a very nominal price. I grabbed this chance to show my love to the little sparrows who house on my window sill.
Being a bird lover comes naturally to me. I remember a parrot which we so lovingly called Totaram coming to my kitchen window everyday. It would call for me and I would rush out with a green chilly or a sweet guava. I became so accustomed to its visit that I searched all over my neighborhood, when one day it stopped coming at my window.

 

Going further down the memory lane, I remember a Myna singing on my window sill the day my daughter came into our lives. It sat and sang her sweet song as if telling me that your angel is on her way. Before I went for delivery at nearest hospital, the nature had given me a sign that I will be blessed with a beautiful girl with most sweetest voice. My little two day old daughter’s cries sounded like myna cooing to me.
As a little girl, I remember my grandmother siting on a Charpai ( A bed woven with string over a wooden frame) on our terrace in the evening and feeding the birds broken rice grains, bajra and other seeds. There were sparrow, pigeons and crow who all use to feed in harmony.  They would come and sit near her feet and some would come and sit on her bed. She would change the water in a dish kept for thirsty birds everyday as a routine. I can still picture her in my mind as I write this. My grandmother was a bird lover. After she was no more, none of us could continue to feed her friends and they all went away in search for new terrace and new generous friend.
Today, I am given another chance to pursuit my desire and my love for the birds. I was told at The Nature forever Society booth by one of the representative that its people like you and me who are part of this endeavor. I told him that I would love to do my bit and promised him that I would share this on my little blog.
Would like to share some more information from their pamphlet.
You can shop online and adopt a nest box specifically design for birds like sparrows, parrots and larger birds like Owls, Doves, Starlings and Kestels. They also have some lovely bird feeders which can be hanged to the window sills.
You can order by calling 09890087988 or you can send them an email at info@natureforever.org or visit their website and fill the product information form on the adopt nest box and feeder page.
The bird nest boxes can be a wonderful  and unique gift to your near and dear ones They can even send personalized greeting cards with the bird houses that you gift to your friends and family. Check out the website or facebook page for more resources about Indian Sparrow, Uncommon Sparrows, how you can take care of sparrow. There is download section for posters and other informative PDF about birds.  is
I support the WORLD SPARROW DAY
March 20th is celebrated as  World Sparrow Day. I gathered some information from the World Sparrow Day Website about how we can be a part. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCEEvery creature has a significant role to play in the web of life. Just as the little house sparrow is a major indicator of the health of our environment, each of us can help in various ways to protect the house sparrow. We need to come forward to help the bird by raising awareness on the issue. We also need to start house sparrow habitat conservation drives by providing water and food regularly, by switching back to organic gardening, planting more hedges and putting up nest boxes dedicated to house sparrows.

CHIRP FOR THE HOUSE SPARROW!

Do you identify with the problem the house sparrow faces? Share with us ways you came up with to help the bird.

Would you like to help but can’t think of a way to reach out? Look up our ideas. Which group do you identify with? There’s an idea for everyone!

The lonesome one some sparrow: If you are an individual and would prefer to celebrate World Sparrow Day by yourself or with a small group, you could resolve to set out a sparrow feeder filled with grain and a fresh bowl of water every day beginning March (?) 2011, at the same time and the same place. House sparrows love seeds and kitchen scraps. They feed their young insects with aphids and caterpillars. Most birds need to drink water at least twice a day, throughout the year. Sparrows, which are seed eaters, need more water since the seeds are dry. Put out a shallow dish of clean water in a shady place. Make sure the water is changed regularly, otherwise, the birds can fall ill.

Gather information on the problem and address a group of people to raise awareness.

Cosy twosome: Sparrows are known to be extremely loyal to their partners. Just like you! Celebrate their commitment to each other with your loved one. One reason why there are fewer house sparrows is modern construction. House sparrows love to tuck into crevices but glass and concrete constructions leave little space for them. You can order nest boxes made of recycled wood from us or put up your own.

The happy, chirpy family: Go for a picnic. Remember to take some grain. Set them out near a thicket, some distance from you, and watch for sparrows and other small birds. Teach children the importance of birds and how we must give them space. Make sure you leave the picnic spot as clean as you found it except for the crumbs and grain you left for your feathered friends.

A school of sparrows: Are you a member of your school Ecology Club? Celebrate WSD with a presentation on why we need the house sparrow, the dangers it is facing and how each of you can help. Put up feeders and nesting boxes.

Prof Sparrow: College eco clubs can twitter away. Organise an awareness campaign with posters and audio visual information in a public place that draws the most footfalls and eyeballs, like the entrance lobby of your college. Put up feeders and nesting boxes.

Sparrow community: There is a lot more you can do in your neighbourhood, office or institution! Request the local municipal authorities to permit you to plant hedges in the park. Don’t allow the hedges to be landscaped, since that is dangerous to birds, small animals and insects. Place grain bowls regularly at one place in the park or on the window sill, but make sure the feeding birds are safe from dogs, cats and human footfalls.

E-savvy sparrow: Are you adept at social networking? Place our link and all the others that deal with the house sparrow on your account so that all your friends get to know about the threat to the doughty little bird.

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