Coming off a lively discussion on interfering with nature, today March 20th (already in some places), is World Sparrow Day when individuals around the world brainstorm the plight of the disappearing House Sparrow. In my must see post, Sparrows on Parade for World Sparrow Day, I listed many ideas proposed by science looking at various causes to the demise of the House Sparrow. It was well researched and offers many suspect causes.
Large numbers are still in the US, but what science did not really investigate with enough gusto, was the many practices used to eliminate Sparrows as a nuisance. Could an intentional cause be a leading factor?
What I learned from my research,…
there is little sympathy for this small creature, except in places where they all but have vanished. There appears to be indifference all the way to animosity. This animosity causes people to take drastic negative action. The loss also gets people in gear in a positive fashion.
Why is it important? For one, the sake of Passer domesticus. But more to the concern of many, to find a cause before other birds suffer the same fate.
If you search on the little brown bird, you get links with titles like, Managing Sparrows, Keeping House Sparrows at Bay, Death to House Sparrows, Sparrow Traps, Discourage House Sparrows, and even Those gosh darn !@*#$%^&* Sparrows.
It is sad when a bird, any bird is so maligned and hated.
Please take a moment and view the post, Sparrows on Parade for World Sparrow Day. Gardeners everywhere can help by joining in the awareness, possibly even offering a few suggestions on the decline. Since there is such a concerted effort to kill sparrows, is it any wonder that they are in decline in some places?
It really is hard to have a positive opinion on current practices to eradicate them, because it is cruel and omnipotent on our part. But finding out what is killing them is important, because it may save species that we see as desirable from suffering the same fate.
I hope you at least enjoyed the photos of the House Sparrow. I enjoy them in the garden and do not have the issues with them that I read elsewhere.
They are fun to photograph even though not as pretty as other songbirds.
They are comical to watch as they fight for spots at the feeder. Even if you loathe the small bird, you have to at least wonder why they are disappearing. It may be something we are doing that can be stopped.
Up next, a very cool website if you like looking at birds, insects and flowers around the world in artfully done photographs. See what 30 other photographers around the world have created. Different and one of a kind. I didn’t see any sparrows there though, seems I have covered the market on Sparrows! And a series coming? The Best Gardening Advice…