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Sharmili Mallick

Keonjhar: With rapid urbanization, large scale deforestation and high level of pollution, birds are losing habitat resulting in the decline of the avian species across the globe. At this crucial juncture, a group of nature lovers of a village in Odisha has taken up unique initiative that proves birds and humans can co-exist in complete harmony.

A group of youngsters of Jadichatar village under Patana block of Keonjhar district have stepped out of their house to provide artificial abode to these birds. The youths have made hand-made nests using straws, twigs and grasses. The artificial nests are then placed on a safe place in different trees at a particular height so that the birds can accommodate themselves safely and lay eggs.

The members of the group have reportedly placed hundreds of such artificial nests in their village and surrounding areas. Birds have also accustomed themselves to these artificial nests and started laying eggs.

A member of the group, Amrit Mahanta said, "Birds like crow, sparrow and others are at high risk of extinction. Therefore, we have come up with the idea of placing ready-made shelters for the birds. Now, they have also started residing in the nests."

"The bird population is gradually decreasing and the chirping of cuckoo, crows is hardly heard now. This initiative will definitely help conservation of the feathered species," said, Purushottam Mohanty, another member of the group.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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