Fwd: [OB] World House Sparrow Day (

Subject: Fwd: [OB] World House Sparrow Day (
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:36:45 +1100
One can only congratulate the organizers on
"support for biodiversity throughout the world" in general and promoting interest in common neighbourhood birds in particular.

The fact that House Sparrows in Australia happen to be introduced ferals is not relevant to the general intention.

Incidentally we no longer see House or Tree Sparrows in our part of Ivanhoe - only a few round the shopping centre. When we were in London in 2000, there seemed to be none in the inner city - partly because all older buildings had their ledges andcrannies screened with fine netting, denying nest-sites. We were told that Sparrows were much rarer in Britain than formerly.

Anthea Fleming

Carl Clifford wrote:
Dear All,

It seems that there are some out there who actually love the old spadgers. Feel free to celebrate WHSD, or not.


Carl Clifford

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From: Mohammed Dilawar <>
Date: 25 February 2010 4:21:24 AM
To: orientalbirding <>
Subject: [OB] World House Sparrow Day (

The world House Sparrow Day is an international initiative by Nature Forever
Society in colabration with Bombay Natural History Society, Eco-Sys Action
Foundation (France) Avon Wildlife Trust (UK) and numerous other national and
international organisation across the world.

The World House Sparrow Day will be celebrated on 20th March 2010 and will
be an annual event not only to celebrate the beauty of House Sparrows but
all the common birds and biodiversity found in and around us.

The event will be promoted by a dedicated interactive website which will be the nerve centre of the whole
event. Organisation and individuals from across the world will be able to
register their events and activities on this website.

The website is having all information related to the event like, press
resources, logos, posters, images and press releases. The website will also
be useful for organisation’s and individuals as they will be able to
download posters, logos and activity ideas which they can use to promote the
event in their region or country.

The World House Sparrow Day will promote events like common bird watching
trips, public discussions, exhibitions, presentations, bird rallies, art
competitions, educational and public events all aimed at paying more
attention to the birds in their neighborhood and their conservation.

All the events which will be carried out throughout the world will be
uploaded on the website.

Apart from this regular updates in regard to the event will be circulated on
national and international bird groups which have thousands of members.

What will the World House Sparrow Day achieve?

The rationale of having this day is not only to celebrate the event for a
day but to use the day to bring together all the individuals and
organisation working on the conservation of House Sparrows and urban
biodiversity on a common platform. With the help of the website we aim to
build a network which can result in better linkages of like minded people.
In the long term it’s an effective way to carry out advocacy, do
collaborative research and form national and international linkages.

It will also help in getting the attention of government agencies and the
scientific community on a whole for more conservation measures and research
on the common bird species and urban biodiversity.

We request you all to please celebrate this day in your organisation,
locality, school, we have uploaded a number of event ideas on the website
for more information please write to us on 

To register a event that you will be carrying out please send us an email at

We would also like to that all the people who generously contributed photos
of house Sparrows after we made a appeal. We hope the day is also celebrated
with equal enthusiasm.

You can also join the World House Sparrow Day and World House Sparrow Group
on Facebook to keep your self updated. You can invite your freinds to join
the group share ideas, photos and celebrate this 20th March as World House
Sparrow Day.

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