It is that day of the year the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout the country. The arrival of spring is a cause for cheer as the cold days will soon be over. It is also the day when thousands of kite fliers launch their kites in the sky and compete furiously against each other. As simple as the joy of kite flying can be it becomes one of the deadliest sports for birds. The manja or the thread used for flying kites inadvertently injures innocent birds and at times is even fatal. The arrival of the Chinese manja which is made up of nylon with a higher tensile strength causes even more damage than the cotton variant. It is also not biodegradable and remains in the ecosystem for a long time. This Sankranti, as you fly your kites we hope that your kites soar higher than ever but also that you celebrate it responsibly.

Avoid Chinese manja at all costs. Remember it is not just the strength and sharpness of the sword that wins the battle, it is the skill of the warrior.

Don’t chase kites: Discourage children from chasing kites that drift over open spaces including railway tracks. This could be fatal.

In case you find injured birds in your vicinity, follow the steps below.

1. Pick up the injured bird using a cloth, not your hands

2. Clean the wound and place it in a shoe box

3. Feed it glucose and water

If possible, call up the nearest rescue centre in your area – if possible hand over the bird safely at the centre or request the volunteers to come fetch it. Several organisations come together over these few days to save and treat the injured birds.

A complete list of Bird Camps being organised in Mumbai can be found here. This list was kindly shared by Kartik Chandramouli and Harshil Shah with us.

 

BIRD CAMPS for Makar Sankranti
       
NAME OF NGO AREA TELEPHONE NO DATES
       
KARUNA TRUST VIRAR,NALASOPARA,VASAI 9974205009,9823498849, 14-15 JAN ONLY
    9022892570,9324606127,  
    9769155008, 9765640047  
    9273910004  
       
JIV DAYA GROUP      
AYYAPA TEMPLE,      
NEAR BAPPA SITARAM TEMPLE MIRA ROAD ARVINDBHAI-9820684550 365 DAYS
    MAYANK BHAI-9987788861 14-15 JAN ,24/7, 365 DAYS.
    BIPIN BHAI-9699854725  
    NARESHBHAI-9820974447  
    BABUKAKA-9820533085  
    VINIT VORA-749833187  
       
SAMKIT GROUP BORIVALI 9324747555 11-16 JAN,
    022-32522509 365 DAYS
    022-32501755  
       
SAMBHAVNATH DERASAR KANDIVALI(WEST) 8451899899-MAIN NO 365 DAYS
SHANKAR GALLI.   8655370005  
    9323683208  
    9320117575  
       
AHINSA SANGH THAKURDHWAR-BHULESHWAR VICKY BHAI-9699560095 ONLY FOR SANKRANT
ABDUL REHMAN STREET AND CP TANK SE PRATHNA SAMAJ 8655370005  
    8655370006 365 DAYS
       
  MARINE DRIVE 9820581216  
       
  CHINA BAZAR 9869138767 14,15,16 AND 365 DAYS
       
  OPERA HOUSE 9323245688 365 DAYS
       
ABDUL REHMAN STREET   8655370005  
    8655370006  
    9820038275  
       
  MAHIM /SION 64222838  
       
  WORLI NAKA-COLABA 022-23080319 365 DAYS
  BYCULLA TO WALKESHWAR    
  GHATKOPER,POWAI,VIKROLI 65252573  
       
KARUNA TRUST BANDRA-ANDHERI 65151313  
    65141313  
       
  PAREL 022-24137518  
       
  DOMBIVALI 022-25820571  
    9820161114  
       
  KANDIVALI EAST 9769612375  
    9320532449 365 DAYS
    9967661145  
       
  BHAYANDER WEST 9821391283 365 DAYS
  AHINSA CHARTIABLE TRUST 9821429504  
    9820372727  
       
  VILE PARLE EAST/WEST 9820940225 365 DAYS BUT CALL FOR
    9820928457 MAKARSANKRANTI ONLY
       
  BORIVALI DATTAPADDA 9820122617  
       
JIV DAYA GROUP MALAD 9833384004 365 DAYS
    9833031322  
       
       
BHAYANDAR EAST      
       
JIVDAYA GROUP BHUPESH BHAI-9892461664,  
  9324760564  
JAIN ALERT GROUP DR TELI-9324782835  
     
       
  NALASOPARA 8080011069, 8767895111  
    8983131714

 

We asked for help on Twitter and received some of these replies.

@desitraveller recommended for Hyderabad: http://www.bsap.in/contact/

@magic_eye: The best bet would be BSPCA on +91-22-24137518 | 24135285 | 24135434 located in Parel

@sameeratweeter: Contact Sandeep (98200 38275/ 93225 22008) Chowatia ( 86553 70005 ) to rescue birds injured durin kite flying (Ed: Covered in the list above)

Special thanks to @tw_bhav for spreading the word on Twitter. We really appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

 

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