World sparrow day: Pune sparrow headquarters draws in the humans

House sparrow will return if you allow it to, is what Roseland Residency shows Pune
Roseland Residency housing society at Pimple Saudagar held an open house on the occasion of world sparrow day on Tuesday. The society has an extensive bird conservation programme on its premises and is the official co-ordinator for sparrow programmes in the city.(HT PHOTO)
Roseland Residency housing society at Pimple Saudagar held an open house on the occasion of world sparrow day on Tuesday. The society has an extensive bird conservation programme on its premises and is the official co-ordinator for sparrow programmes in the city.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 21, 2018 03:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByPrachi Bari

That there were more people than sparrows was encouragement for the save-the-sparrow movement, with Roseland Residency society, coordinator for Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for conservation and raising awareness about the sparrow, being the epicentre of activity.

The Roseland Residency garden was the nest for the day for adults, youth and children to understand the why of conservation to help save the sparrow. The society held a special event entitled ‘Sparrow conservation drive in our city’.

Residents of 27 residential societies from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad visited Roseland Residency in Pimple Saudagar on Tuesday, on the occasion of World Sparrows Day, celebrated across the world on March 20.

Roseland Society won the 2016 Wipro nature forever sparrow award for sparrow conservation efforts, thanks to the 60 water pots, 100 bird feeders and 300 nest boxes within the society. It is a sparrow movement they are hoping to spread far and wide.

“It was overwhelming to see such a response from other societies,” said Chandan Chaurasia, Roseland residency management team. “It is indeed great to see such support for world sparrow day 2018 to create habitat and awareness with regard to the house sparrow.”

“It was a unique event and it really showed us that sparrows have become scarce and that we can save them. We were briefed about importance of conservation of sparrows as well as we were distributed kits - five feeders, three nesting homes and a placard saying ‘I love sparrows’ - for each society at no cost,” said Henry Pinto, a member of Gita society, Camp.

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