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Birds fly in frenzy amid firecrackers
By: Saurabh Katkurwar
But, it's not the same for the speechless animals and birds. With their superior sense of hearing, the revelry during Diwali is a nightmare for the winged creatures.
Environmentalists say that sometimes the high-pitched explosions ** cause birds to deviate from their migratory paths*
Birds usually follow a daily pattern of waking up early and reposing at dusk. With most of the explosions taking place after dusk, their daily routine is thrown out of gear.
activists also fear that fireworks leave many animals and birds injured
or mutilated. Dr Ashok Kothari, honorable secretary of Bombay Natural
History Society (BNHS) said, "Due to the explosions and loud sounds of
firecrackers, birds panic and leave their roost (place where they stay).
Subsequently, if the birds do not return to their nests, their young ones are affected, resulting in their deaths.
Also, sounds reverberating through firecrackers and resulting air pollution repel migratory birds from their migration path.
Dr Goldin Quadros of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said, "It is good that migratory birds do not stay in the city area as they prefer wetlands. The air and sound pollution affects arrival of migratory birds. Moreover, the disturbance in the migration path of these birds is not good for nature."
Meanwhile, animal welfare activists fear that this year too, fireworks would leave many stray and pet animals and birds dead or mutilated.
To counter this catastrophe, an NGO in Thane has started a helpline number for injured animals and birds this Diwali.
Nilesh Bhanage of Plant and **Animal Welfare Society** (PAWS) said, "We have started a helpline number so that people can call us, if they see any injured animals or birds writhing in pain. In turn, we will call the respective authorities, who will rescue the injured animal and birds."
To report any sightings of injured or dead animals or birds, please
call this NGO helpline 9820161114