nature quest

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.

July 12, 2019
July 12, 2019

Nature Quest: The Jacobin’s Bangladeshi summer

A visitor bird and seen often during summer, the Jacobin Cuckoo has made yet another appearance in Bangladesh during it’s mating season.

January 25, 2019
January 25, 2019

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.

November 23, 2018
November 23, 2018

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.

November 10, 2018
November 10, 2018

Hazarikhil Wildlife Sanctuary: Plan to build road without clearance

The Roads and Highways Department is razing parts of Hazarikhil Wildlife Sanctuary in Chattogram to build a 12km road without assessing its environmental impact or obtaining permission from the environment ministry.

October 5, 2018
October 5, 2018

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”.

September 28, 2018
September 28, 2018

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.

July 27, 2018
July 27, 2018

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

June 29, 2018
June 29, 2018

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.

May 25, 2018
May 25, 2018

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.

May 11, 2018
May 11, 2018

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