Saturday, April 17, 2010

GWAF launches save birds project-Protecting man’s feathered friends

Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Fazilka, April 17
The Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF), a voluntary organisation of this border town, has launched 'Save Birds' project. Under this project, the members of GWAF would motivate the residents to make water arrangements for the birds.

"Every year lakhs of birds die due to unavailability of water during the summers and it has been affecting the biodiversity adversely. Hence, the GWAF has taken up the task to save birds by providing them with water constantly during the summer season," said Navdeep Asija, secretary (Administration), GWAF.

"In due course of time, Fazilka's urban green belt has been reduced to less than 0.2% and no major afforestation plan is being implemented by the local authorities. It has become a major reason for the birds going away from this area as they have lost their nesting places," added Asija.

"We would distribute pamphlets to make out mission popular and acceptable among a large section of populace of this town and its neighbouring rural areas. About 25 members of the GWAF have already started this exercise," Asija added.

"I hope that our efforts would bring desirable results and would save number of birds from falling prey to scorching sun during summers with the availability of water in nook and corner of the town," he claimed.

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