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  • Mandar the mother tree

    Mandar the mother tree

    During the first week of this March there was unexpected weather in the country. Forest was no exception. When I tried to hit the

  • New denizen in Bangladesh bird terrain

    New denizen in Bangladesh bird terrain

    A few Bangladeshi photographers captured shots of a new species of bird for the first time in the country. It is a Chestnut-cheeked starling that breeds in parts of Japan and nearby Russia.

  • Finding home in the Padma

    The mighty Padma river has proven to be a haven for rare species of birds, as some of the most fascinating ones are now found mostly in the chars.

  • Elephants face 'time bomb' in Bangladesh

    Standing atop an elephant watch-tower on the outskirts of the sprawling Rohingya refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar, Nur Islam takes great pride in keeping his people safe.

  • The city's 'first' shade of purple

    For the first time in a generation, a rare Purple Heron was spotted near a lake in the capital. These birds of Bangladesh are seen only occasionally in the reed beds of large fresh-water lakes called haors.

  • Chhoto Bhimraj: Seen in north '1st time in a century'

    On a late December morning, an hour-long stroll through the centuries-old Bamboo forest surrounding the Gandagram village of Shajahanpur upazila revealed the sight of hundreds of small colourful minivets. In awe of such an astonishing sight, I suddenly spotted something different.

  • 2nd freshwater crocodile spotted in 50 years

    For over a century now, freshwater crocodiles were believed to be extinct from the country. However, in the past 50 years two such crocodiles were spotted, the most recent one being at Char Komorpur in Pabna.

  • JU's largest lake neglected

    Even just two years ago, Jayapara lake -- the largest lake on the campus of Jahangirnagar University -- would offer itself as a safe haven for local and migratory birds. These birds would be seen resting on the water or fluttering about among bloomed water lilies -- a sight people from all over the city would travel to JU for.

  • Flocks of monochrome

    With the arrival of winter, the shallow waters and narrowing width of the mighty Padma becomes host to a number of animals in search of the nutrition it provides.

  • Donning the shades of sunset

    Owing its name to the beautiful shade of golden-orange splashed on their feathered bodies, the Orange-headed Thrush, scientifically known as Zoothera Citrina, are commonly known in the country as Komola Dama, Komolaphuli, Komola Doyel, or Komola Bou.

  • Return of the first fowl

    The red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus) has made a triumphant return to its old home in Lawachhara forest in Kamalganj Upazila of Moulvibazar.

  • Paradise on Earth

    In Bogura's Shajahanpur upazila, a village called Gandagram is surrounded by two large, centuries-old bamboo bushes. These bushes house many a rare, exotic, migratory birds, and one of them is the precious Asian paradise flycatcher.

  • The Woolyneck comes home

    At the beginning of the 20th century, the globally vulnerable Asian-Woolynecked stork had begun disappearing from East Bengal, now Bangladesh, after which the Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh termed this species of stork “a former visitor of Bangladesh”.

  • The fort of the Alexandrine

    A centuries-old Mahogany tree, bearing ancient stories of the now abandoned Balihar Zamindar Kachari Bari of Bogura's Shahjahanpur upazila, remains a palace of sorts to the widely beloved Alexandrine parakeet, or Chandana tia in Bangla.

  • The elusive Grey Francolin

    The Gorai river, a tributary of the Ganges, through the natural process of the erosion of lands and formation of chars, formed char Horipur at the western tip of Horipur in Kushtia.

  • Parakeets' tale

    The front porch of an old Zamindar house in Demajzni Bazar area of Bogra's Shajahanpur upazila boasts of being home to a centuries-old Mahogany tree. That Mahogany tree, for years, has been housing the ever popular rose-ringed parakeet.

  • Love for 'mother-love'

    The stork has symbolic significance in many regions. The Greek etymology behind the word stork means mother-love, while according to a German fairy-tale the stork is “mother-bird”. Colonists of North America considered it a symbol of love and welcoming and in Chinese wisdom, the bird symbolises longevity and old age.

  • Endangered turtles may see a revival

    An endangered species of turtles may see a revival in their numbers following a successful breeding programme in Bhawal National Park in Gazipur.

  • Nature Quest: Exotic Grey Peacock

    The Grey Peacock Pheasant can be found strutting across the forest floors of Fatikchhari. The bird is rare in Bangladesh and seen in the

  • Nature Quest: The return of Grey Francolin

    We couldn't believe our eyes when from amidst the green grass, a yellow bird, somewhat like a chicken, ran into the reeds of char Majardiyar near Rajshahi city.

  • The last of the Hoolocks

    Bamboo groves, poised magnificently like arched gateways, welcome visitors to the misty woodland of Lawachhara National Park, the final frontier of the old forests.

  • Nature Quest: The White Beauty

    Egrets (bok pakhi) playing blissfully at a garden in Sreerampur village of Sylhet's Dakshin Surma upazila recently. Birdwatchers take

  • Nature Quest: A sign hard to fathom

    The Kotka beach in the Sundarbans is mostly empty apart from the plastic bottles and trash that wash ashore. Imagine the shock of forest guards who stumbled upon the rotting carcass of a 40-foot whale while patrolling the beach in August.

  • Nature Quest: Flames of the cannon

    Even though the zamindar of Mymensingh's Shashi Lodge area, which is now under the care of the Archeological Department, left about seven decades ago, some of the treasures they left behind still attract passers-by enough to go inside and take a peek.

  • The silent spirit of the skies

    We awoke before sunrise to the sound of rain and the smell of wet earth, slightly worried about the trail that we were taking for the

  • Nature Quest: Into those 'white eyes'

    The magnificence of the Oriental White-eye lies exactly where the name suggests. The round, white orbs nestling the iris, looking

  • Bangladeshi conservationist wins Whitley Award

    An area the size of a dot on Bangladesh's map is enough to preserve the rich biodiversity. This is the belief of Shahriar Caesar

  • Nature Quest: Birds of the beel

    Like a reverse oasis, parcels of land in Mohadanga area in Chapainawabganj have emerged from the depths, being the solitary spot for

  • Nature Quest: Elongated tortoise, shrinking habitat

    The elongated tortoise is a species of tortoise once found in different areas of the country including Sylhet.

  • Blooming Liliums

    Nature Quest: Liliums blooming in Bangladesh

    The first batch of Lilium flowers has been commercially farmed in two locations in Bangladesh -- Jhenidah and Dhaka.