The declines in sparrow populations were first noticed in North America and were attributed to the spread of the House Finch. However, declines have been reported worldwide. Various causes for this have been proposed, including electromagnetic radiation, shortage of food and disease. In India, the sparrow evidently faces a sudden shortage of nesting sites owing to growing urban architecture, and is hence rapidly disappearing from cities. In the Netherlands, the population of sparrows has dropped to nearly half since the 1980s and the bird is even considered endangered there.
At my live cartooning demo at the Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi for Threshold Art's event, "The Lost Sparrow". I had a great time here, interacting with some really talented people and some very enthusiastic students. An exhibition of my cartoons was also held as a part of the event. The colored image is a digital render done later, of the same cartoon I drew at the demo. I hope you enjoy it.
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