Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Sparrow Queen: Sadhana Rajkumar, Chennai, India



The Times of India, 31 August 2011, reports:

SPARING A THOUGHT FOR THE SPARROW


"There's a reason why they call Sadhana Rajkumar the "sparrow queen". After all, she has made it her mission to get the little brown birds back into the city. For a whole year now, Sadhana, a diet and fitnes consultant by profression, has been making sparrow nests and handing them out to Chennaites in the hope that someday the house sparrows will come back.


" 'I was inspired by my mother', says Sadhana. 'She mentioned to me one day that she was sad that she culd no longer see sparrows in the city. That's when I started doing research on the birds and found out that thye were actually quite important ecoologically too,' she adds.

So Sadhana decided to get started on the project. She got Lakshmanan, a carpenter in Perambur, to make sparrow nestboxes out of waste wood and started handing them out to friends.


"Sadhana got so involved in the project and the response she received that she decided to continue with the project. 'Every now and then we hand the nestboxes out at Marina Beach and other places in the city. I have given away 60 so far,' says Sadhana.


"Her nesting project seems to have met with some success. Stockbroker Divya Reddy, one of the first to pick up a nestbox, says the sparrows came to the nest three days after she put it up. 'I just put in a little hay, dried grass and they started flying in.'


"Paper mart owner J Jehangir got his nestbox from Sadhana five months ago while he was on his morning walk at the Marina. 'She was just standing there handing them out, so my friends and I thought, why not get some. Ten of us picked them up and I am glad I did because the sparrows are coming.'


Sadhana keeps in touch with the people who have taken the nests to see if the sparrows are coming. 'We have found that they are coming back to areas ike Chepauk and Mylapore but not yet in other parts. Now, I'm asking people to create mud baths and put some grains along with the nests in the hope that it lure them,' says Sadhana.







12 comments:

  1. என்ன செய்கிறேன் என்று கூட யோசிக்க முடியாமல் பல சிட்டுக்குருவிகளை துன்புருத்தியிருகிறேன் நான் சிறுவயதில். அவை என்னை இப்போது வருத்தம் கொள்ள செய்கிறது என் மீதே.

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  2. Can you please let me know from where we can get sparrow nest box in chennai on free of cost.

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  3. I hav kept sparrow boxes all ard my residence but still I dint get sparrows. Wat steps I shd do to attract sparrows ?

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  4. Hi Sadhana,

    Happy New Year!! Please let me know if you can provide me a sparrow box it would be of great help. Please let me know the cost

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  5. Hi though i am providing food and water i don't see any sparrow comming, what i have do next to bring them to my home, i am from mogappair

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  6. Please let me know if you can provide me a sparrow box or where can I get it in Chennai. Please let me know the cost. Pl. call 98841 26222

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  7. http://www.shopping.natureforever.org/
    I found this site from google. They sell sparrow nest and feeders. I haven't bought yet, but i'm planning to buy one or build one myself very soon. Hope this helps someone.

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  8. here is a youtube link to build a nest from shoe box.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4x1syTVU3E

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  9. I sincerely congradulate Sadhana for her efforts to bring the sparrows back to life.

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  10. we are running a exclusive women destitute Home and also a premier Retirement Home in Hosur. We find 50-60 sparrows gathering in the very busy bus stand where grains and "Pori" and flowers are transported. but in our premises we dont see any sparrows even though a lot of sparrow like small birds in many colours habitate our place.. Our premises have about 70 tall teak wood trees half a dozen mango/coconut and a hundred tall silver oak trees.. The place is very calm and quiet. Noise free and pollution free. The nearest cell phone tower is some 4 kilometers away. I request Madam Sadhana to visit our place and advice. Contact: 9445124655, I am not able to contact over phone.

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