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The Nature Forever Society (NFS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working for the conservation of house sparrows and other common flora and fauna since 2006. Started by Mohammed Dilawar (founder and president), Nature Forever Society was registered in 2008. The mission of the Nature Forever Society is to involve citizens in the conservation movement in India. To achieve this Nature Forever Society has been working by launching initiatives which are simple and have far reaching conservation value.[1][2][3][4] Dilawar said:

"For me if we can't save a sparrow which is found around us then it is too ambitious to save a tiger. So first we have to save the sparrows and only then can we dream of saving the tiger."[5]

Since it started Nature Forever Society has spearheaded programs and projects that are making a visible difference to sparrow populations in cities. Some of the initiatives started by Nature Forever Society are CBMI, World Sparrow Day, Project SOS, NFS Sparrow Awards and Adopt a Feeder and Nest program, among others.

Nature Forever Society Intro articles: 2

Common Bird Monitoring of India (CBMI)

The Common Bird Monitoring of India program, is a pioneer project and the first of its kind in the India. Launched in Mumbai, India. on the occasion of World Sparrow Day on 20 March 2012, its objective is to monitor common birds found in India.

The program is aimed at monitoring, through detailed mapping, the 18 common bird species found across the country such as the house sparrows, house crow, rock pigeon and rose-ringed parakeet, as well as the lesser known ashy prinia and hoopoe.

It is a unique project because it is by the people, for the people and of the people. In addition to India, the project also aims to help map the common bird species in the entire Indian subcontinent, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Nature Forever Society Common Bird Monitoring of India (CBMI) articles: 10

World Sparrow Day (WSD)

World Sparrow Day is an initiative to celebrate March 20th every year as World Sparrow Day. World Sparrow Day was first celebrated in 2009. In less than three years, WSD has become very popular and is celebrated in more than 50 countries around the world. It is also gaining popularity in Europe and parts of South Asia.

The World Sparrow Day website has a large collection of photos and information about the twenty-two species of sparrows found around the world.

Nature Forever Society World Sparrow Day (WSD) articles: 2

House sparrow is now the state bird of Delhi

The Nature Forever Society proposed to the Delhi government that the house sparrow be declared the state bird of Delhi. At a campaign "Rise for the Sparrows" aimed at conserving the species, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit declared the sparrow as the “state bird” of Delhi on August 14, 2012.

Overview of "Delhi" article

Rise for the Sparrow

Rise for the Sparrow aims to inspire, empower and involve the citizens, schools, educational organisations, government agencies, NGOs and practically anyone who is interested in contributing towards conservation of sparrows and other common birds. It aims to achieve this by providing simple choices which can be undertaken by citizens and organisations from diverse backgrounds.

Overview of "Non-governmental organization" article

Adopt Nest Box and Bird Feeders

To involve citizens in the conservation movement and get them emotionally attached to the cause of conservation, the Nature Forever Society initiated a program where people could adopt a nest box and/or bird feeder. By doing this they would not only provide a habitat for the birds to nest in their homes but also get attached to the cause.

So far a large number of nest boxes and bird feeders have been adopted from across the country and taking inspiration from NFS, numerous organisations and individuals have initiated this across the country.

Project Save Our Sparrow (SOS)

Nature Forever Society, in association with the Burhani Foundation, implemented project SOS where 52,000 bird feeders were distributed across the world to save sparrows and other common birds. The project was recognised by the Guinness Book of World records for the highest distribution of bird feeders in the world. “Ours is a fight to conserve not just the diminishing sparrow count around the world, but to save all the common birds and biodiversity found in our immediate environment, which are often overlooked and abused by virtue of being too commonplace,” said Dilawar.

Overview of "Guinness World Records" article

Sparrow Awards

Nature Forever Society launched its first Sparrow Awards on 20 March 2011 to honour unsung environmental heroes who have been silently making a difference. From the numerous nominations received from across the country, four winners (three individuals and one organisation) are selected for the NFS Sparrow Awards from diverse fields and backgrounds.

NFS had noticed that in the conservation field, the best known conservationists consistently receive accolades for their good work, however there were many others who make consistent efforts to save the environment but are not applauded. The sentiment behind launching the Sparrow Awards was to honour such people and applaud their silent efforts.

NFS aspires to make the Sparrow Awards one of the most prestigious awards one could hold, very tough to attain and inspirational to retain.

2011 winners

  • Bhavin Shah
  • Narendra Singh Chaudhary
  • L Shyamal
  • The Sparrow Company

2012 winners

  1. Dilsher Khan of Satna, Madhya Pradesh, 43 years old, a welder
  2. Ramita Kondepudi of Bangalore, Karnataka, 15 years old, a 10th grade student
  3. The Green Umbrella Team, Vikram Yende, Kapil Jadhav, Mahendra Khawnekar and Vishal Revankar of Kalwa, Thane, Maharashtra
  4. Shri Mahatma Gandhi Ashramsala, a school in Po-Mangvana, Kutch, Gujarat[6]

2013 winners

  1. Saleem Hameedi, wildlife photographer, illustrator
  2. Aabid Surti, litterateur and head of the NGO Drop Dead
  3. Jayant Govind Dukhande, Mumbai Police

2014 winners

  1. Jag Mohan Garg
  2. N. Shehzad & M. Saud
  3. Jal Grahan Kameti, Piplantri

2015 winners

  1. Arif Siddique
  2. BBMP Forest Cell Volunteers
  3. Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee

2016 winners

  1. Musical Nature
  2. Roseland Residency Society Pune
  3. Abdul Kareem - The Forest Man

2017 winners

  1. Afroz Shah
  2. Ashwin Baindur
  3. Green Societies

Nature Forever Society Sparrow Awards articles: 8

Biodiversity Photo Competition

Nature photography has for long been associated with glamorous species, costly cameras and traveling to exotic locations. Things have not changed much even today, people who have costly telescope lenses and DSLRs travel to far flung areas to get images, from tigers to great Indian bustards.

This has resulted in an imbalance where there are mountains of high quality images of threatened and glamorous species while images of common species are a rarity.

Through the Biodiversity Photo Competition, the NFS wanted to change this attitude in the age of digital and mobile phone cameras and wanted common people to get involved in photo documenting the common flora and fauna of the country. This also helps to increase awareness in regard to conservation of common flora and fauna which are found in and around humans and urban flora and fauna.

2013 winners

  1. S. Thangaraj
  2. Michael Nongthombam
  3. Lakshmi Annamalai[7]

Nature Forever Society Biodiversity Photo Competition articles: 2

Other initiatives

The Help Birds in Summer Campaign is an initiative where people forward an SMS and posters for display which urge people to provide water for birds during summer. This campaign has been immensely successful and is initiated every year on the onset of the summer.

The society has also been working for the past few years to get the catapult banned in the country. The Ban the Catapult campaign hopes to curb the use of the catapult and include the catapult as a weapon in the Wildlife act of India. They have been regularly creating awareness in regard to this through various media.

With AN aim to disseminate information about the conservation of house sparrows the Nature Forever Society has created the websites below. The websites give detailed information about the decline of house sparrows, monitoring and how citizens can play a vital role in their conservation.

Overview of "Wildlife Protection Act, 1972" article

References

  1. ^ Venkateshwarlu, K. "Nature Forever Society to launch project to save the sparrow". thehindu.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  2. ^ Das, Dipannita. "The Burhani Foundation India and Nature Forever Society ..." indiatimes.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  3. ^ Jain, Bhavika. "Nature Forever Society calls for nominations..." articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Nature Forever Society". india.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  5. ^ "About Page". Nature Forever Society. 28 September 2013.
  6. ^ NFS Website, Winners of NFS Sparrow Awards 2012, 28 September 2013
  7. ^ NFS Website, BiodiverCity Photo Contest 2013, 28 September 2013

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