Berhampur, March 21st: Sparrow conservation is picking up in rural areas of Ganjam district in Odisha.

Six to seven years ago, the first major sparrow conservation effort in Odisha had been taken up at Purunabandha village near Rushikulya rookery in Ganjam district with the active participation of Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee (RSTPC).

Successful sparrow conservation process at this village through artificial nests has been replicated in several other places all over Odisha such as Banei, Tensa, Rourkela, Athagada, Sonepur and Balugaon as well as enthused sparrow conservators in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.

Now inhabitants of several other villages in Ganjam district have also started taking up sparrow conservation work. These villages include Gunthabandha, Padarbali, Baghajhari, Biribadia, Lanjia and Bhagabanpur.

On Friday at a function organised at Padarabali to observe sparrow conservation day, school students of Bhagabanpur collected artificial nests to start sparrow conservation at their village.

At the Gopalpur beach resort, sparrow conservation measures have been initiated by a joint effort of Open Wildlife Lounge (OWL) and RSTPC.

According to Rabindranath Sahu of RSTPC, in most places there are persons like Bobby Gouda, Ramesh Gouda, Satyanarayan Acharya, Bhagya Gouda of Gopalpur who are involved in sparrow conservation work due to traditional beliefs.

Source: The Hindu