Today is World Sparrow Day. Every year March 20 is observed as World Sparrow Day to raise awareness about the bird. The need for marking this day was felt due to the tremendous decrease in its population. The house sparrow is on the verge of extinction.
The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 in different parts of the world.
Increased use of pesticides, change in the pattern of buildings and gardens missing from the houses have become the main factors why the number of sparrows has declined sharply in the past few years. Also, the radiation from the mobile and the TV towers has also been a cause of the death of sparrows. Birds navigate by sensing the earth’s magnetic fields and mobile radiations are known to disturb them and interfere with birds’ ability to move around.
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