World Sparrow Day (WSD) is celebrated every year on March 20th. This day is meant to raise awareness about the house sparrow and the dangers it confronts. The purpose of World Sparrow Day is to raise awareness and protect the bird all across the world. A few years ago, house sparrows were commonly seen in people’s homes. As a result of rising noise pollution, the bird is now on the edge of extinction.
In our childhood, during bedtime or during meals we all listen to stories about sparrows, monkeys, foxes, kings, queens, etc. by our grandparents and parents. Earlier, mostly we wake up by the melodious chirping of sparrows but these common house sparrows are on the verge of extinction today. It is said that now sparrows are just a memory. Due to large and huge towering buildings, natural flora and fauna are disturbed and this ubiquitous bird is now, no longer a common sight.
World Sparrow Day 2022: Theme
The theme of World Sparrow Day is “LOVE Sparrows.” More individuals are likely to join in a range of events and campaigns geared at sparrow conservation as a result of focusing on this issue.
World Sparrow Day: History
First World Sparrow Day was celebrated on March 20, 2010. Every year, this day is celebrated all over the world to raise awareness about house sparrows and other common birds affected by the environment. The Nature Forever Society (NFS) in India started an international initiative to celebrate World Sparrow Day. This society works in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation from France. The Nature Forever Society was founded by an Indian conservationist, Mohammed Dilawar, who started his work by helping the house sparrows in Nasik. For his efforts, he was named “Heroes of the Environment” for 2008 by TIME Magazine.