Nagpur-based NGO YASHODHARA BAHUDDESHIYA SANGH has been raising awareness on saving birds life for many years. Their work focused on the importance of birds, and how to revive their population. Additionally, the NGO is also working for rural development. They have come up with a project for saving the birds which are vanishing from the city. They are making birdhouses and supplying them to the citizens for free. Earlier this year, they built 1000 nests, which they distributed to the residents.
Foundation president Tanveer Mirza told The Policy Times – “We make people understand how their present lifestyle is affecting birds. A lot of those people have observed pigeons visiting them in summer. There was a time when sparrows were all around but the species has diminished.”
He also said, “We have reached a sad phase where birds don’t find availability of nest sites. Our changing lifestyle is the major reason. It is because of the renovation of old buildings and modern architectural designs especially roof with no recesses, clearance of shrubs in parks and removal of creepers from walls.”
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He further said, “At various events and exhibitions, we put up a stall where we display these birdhouses. People visit our stall, register their names. Later we contact them, reach their home, and install the birdhouse. We don’t charge them anything. We only expect them to maintain it well by keeping a sufficient supply of water and food grains.”
The NGO has also started conducting workshops and exhibitions for students and youth to make them aware of the importance of rescuing birds by displaying the nests. In the exhibitions, after registering for a nest, the representatives of the NGO go to their house to install it.
Over the years, they had successfully installed 1600 birdhouses at various houses. In the first year, they installed 200 birdhouses, 800 birdhouses in the second year, and this year to date have installed 600 houses. Finally, they are further planning to distribute 1000 birdhouses and more by the end of this year.
They also conduct workshops in schools and colleges and provide raw materials and train students to make birdhouses out of plywood and students are also given certificates for the same. The bird’s houses that are distributed are the ones prepared by the students during their training.
Mirza added, “Once they prepare houses, install it at their houses and seeing birds getting benefit from grains and water they provide regularly; person automatically affection towards birds and tend to check his lifestyle which might be affecting them.”
Other Communities Working for Saving Birds
The Bidar Feedersat the north-east tip of Karnataka, The Hornbill Saviours of Pune, The Pelicans of Kokrebellur in Kokrebellur- a Karnataka village in the Mandya district, Rare Stork Protectors of Assam and various others are working for protecting the lives of various bird species in India.