Kochi: The furious Pace of urban life leaves little time for average Kochiite to care for what used to be the ubiquitous, chirpy house sparrows. The neglect has resulted in serious depletion in their numbers despite the enormous joy they bring to our lives.
However, that looks set to end with an initiative by the Tropical Institute of Ecological Science, Kottayam, which is encouraging everyone to offer a space for the winged beings even in the urban surroundings. In Kochi, the call has taken up seriously by the Greater Cochin Development Authority. The volunteers under its aegis were seen preparing for the World House Sparrow Day celebrations on Sunday with a slew of measures, including erection of little nests for the birds on trees and convenient locations on the Marine Drive.
Lesser known qualities of house sparrows have been brought to the front to encourage urban dwellers and others to care for the birds. They are considered a good omen and symbol of prosperity and good luck. They also help make urban spaces more liveable by eating up insects, including mosquitoes. Loss of habitat, decreased supply of food, use of pesticides in farming and food storage facilities, radiation from mobile telephone towers and use of fossil fuels are some of the key reasons for the fall in their numbers in recent years, say scientists.Posted by Times of India / Posted on Mar , 19 2016