STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Habitat loss is another major threat to birds. The number of bird species at risk of losing half their habitat by year 2080 is over 300. It is estimated that loss of habitat could lead to 19 to 39 per cent decline in various bird species by year 2030. This was stated by SP City North, Amritpal Singh while interacting with students of Dewan Devi Higher Secondary, School Rajpura Mangotrian, during a programme held here on Wednesday. The programme was organised as a part of ‘Save Birds’ campaign by Shri Kailakh Jyotish and Vedic Sansthan Trust along with members of Team Jammu during which, Chairman, Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal, President of Trust, Mahant Rohit Shastri along with social activists Sunil Sharma and Parveen Sharma distributed free mud pots and Bhagwat Geeta among students. SP City North, Amritpal Singh who was the Chief Guest on the occasion said “Climate change is also one of the culprits. As climate warms, it is predicted that a significant rise in average sea level could eliminate up to 45 per cent of our wetlands. People, especially students must become a part of this important campaign for making people aware regarding the need of hour to save birds.” In his address, Chairman, Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal, who presided over the function said, “Set up some clean water sources that birds can use for drinking and feeding. Elevated bird baths that are out in open are a good option, so that predators, especially outdoor cats, can easily be seen. Change water every other day and scrub out occasionally with a wiry brush to remove algae from dish or bowl.” Chairman of the School, S C Suri, presented vote of thanks while SDPO, Bakshi Nagar, DySP Amit Sharma, Ashwini Suri, Senior Journalist Vijay Magotra, Shiv Kumar Sharma and Raj Kumar Sharma were among other dignitaries present on the occasion.
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