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World Sparrow Day 2023 will be celebrated on Saturday, 20th March 2023. This international day is celebrated to spread awareness about the house sparrow and other common birds which are being affected largely due to urbanization and habitat loss thereby diminishing their population. In this article, know more regarding the World Sparrow Day 2023 – Theme, Quotes, Importance, Quiz.
World Sparrow Day 2023: Importance
The Nature Forever Society (NFS) in India started an international initiative to celebrate World Sparrow Day. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organizations across the world. The Nature Forever Society was started by Mohammed Dilawar, an Indian conservationist who started his work helping the house sparrow in Nashik, and who was named one of the “Heroes of the Environment” for 2008 by Time.
Later, during the discussions, the idea came up to earmark a day for the House Sparrow to spread the message regarding the conservation of these birds. And a special day to comprehend the beauty of the common biodiversity which is taken so much for granted was decided to observe. Thus, the first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 in different parts of the world.
Even though it is found widespread and abundant, its numbers have declined in some areas. So, a day was designated as World Sparrow Day to raise awareness of the House Sparrow and other common birds to urban environments, and of threats faced by their populations.
The house sparrow is a very social bird. It is gregarious during all seasons when feeding, often forming flocks with other species of birds.
The house sparrow originated in the Middle East and spread, along with agriculture, to most of Eurasia and parts of North Africa. Sparrows and their chirps are strongly associated with human habitations and can live in urban or rural settings. Though found in widely varied habitats and climates, it typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and deserts away from human development. Because of its numbers, ubiquity, and association with human settlements, the sparrow is culturally prominent.
World Sparrow Day 2023: Theme
The theme for World Sparrow Day is I LOVE Sparrows.
How to be part of the campaign?
On this day, activists and common people can network, collaborate and exchange ideas which will lead to better science and improved conservation of house sparrows.
Download posters and banners with a logo of world sparrow day, with which you connect take out printout, click a picture with it and post on social media. Also, forward it on WhatsApp and tag Nature Forever Society.
Building nests for sparrows.
Placing water and bird feeders in yards and gardens for them in summers.
Being an NFS Volunteer.
Provide information and spread awareness and inspire more people to join the cause and can use social media to raise awareness.
World Sparrow Day 2023: Quotes
I love sparrows and I will do my best to protect them.
Let’s take this moment and help out our friend from our childhood – Ajay Chavan
Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment – Mahatma Gandhi
World Sparrow Day 2023: Quiz
1. The scientific name of the house sparrow is?
Ans. Passer domesticus
2. Name the person who started the Nature Forever Society
Ans. Mohammed Dilawar
3. When is World Sparrow Day 2023 celebrated?
Ans. 20 March 2021
4. What is the theme for World Sparrow Day 2023?
Ans. I Love Sparrows
5. Where was the first Sparrow Awards was started by NFS and in which year?
Ans. Ahmadabad in 2011