A Green B’day Party @ Asola Wildlife Sanctuary

In early December Team DBF created an innovative Birthday celebration of the 7-yr old son of one of our friends at Asola Wildlife Sanctuary. Delhi By Foot arranged a certified naturalist to provide an array of information about land and water eco-systems, and also arranged an exciting treasure hunt which left the children both thrilled and happy! The Treasure Hunt with clues based on the information shared during the walk, saw enthusiastic participation from both the children and their parents! Picnic snacks and beverages were available for in-walk refreshments and the event ended with a Cake-cutting ceremony under the shade of leafy trees and a blue sky!

The Naturalist explaining about the water eco-system
The Naturalist explaining about the water eco-system
Informing an avid pack of listeners about the Flora and Fauna of the area
Informing an avid pack of listeners about the Flora and Fauna of the area
A few minutes of break for a snack and drink
A few minutes of break for a snack and healthy beverages
A view from the top - one of the watch towers in the sanctuary
A view from the top – one of the watch towers in the sanctuary
The first clue of the Treasure Hunt being Given
The first clue of the Treasure Hunt being Given
The children make a dash for digging the next clues
The children make a dash for digging out the next clue!!
'Look I found a hidden Clue!!'
‘Eureka! Look I found the hidden Clue!!’
The B'day boy cutting his cake
The B’day boy cutting his cake..
Even the adults had a whale of a time.... picnicking like they had once upon a long back in school...
Even the adults had a whale of a time…. picnicking like they had once upon a long back in school…

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Where have the sparrows of Delhi gone?

sparrow

UPDATE on 16th Aug 2012: Its quite a coincidence that a few months back I wrote the post below, about the vanishing species of sparrows and today I see that finally the Delhi Government has woken up to the issue of conservation of Sparrows (full report).

I  grew up in Delhi in the 80’s and 90’s, a pair of sparrows would invariably build their nest in a narrow crevice in the wall of our apartment block. They would lay eggs, feed their young ones.  Since the last few months, I am trying to spot sparrows in neighborhoods of Delhi…I have not succeeded in spotting even one nor have I heard their chirping sounds. Pigeons,  Crow, Kites and other  birds are there as usual, but no sparrows to sight, not even in parks with a lot of trees, like Lodhi Gardens in central Delhi. I do not know about other neighborhoods of Delhi. But till two-three years back, I remember these birds flocking our balcony and many living on trees nearby. Now this common house bird is harder to see in the city. Does any one have a clue, where have all sparrows of Delhi DISAPPEARED?

A song from Rockstar movie suits the situation “Oh Nadaan Parindey Ghar aajaa”………..