In pursuit of the rare bird that vanishes for half the year

Until recently, the habits and habitats of the Bengal florican remained a mystery: males were easily seen in their seasonally flooded grassland habitat during the breeding season but effectively disappeared for half the year. Researchers in India and Nepal combined field surveys, satellite telemetry and remote sensing to model the distribution and assess the critically […]

Conversation with one of the last speakers of Kusunda, a dying Nepali language

For years, people knew very little about the Kusunda language of western and central Nepal. The 2011 Census conducted by Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics puts the population of Kusundas, a forest tribe of western Nepal, at around 273. To learn more about the language and the culture of the Kusunda people, Global Voices spoke with Gyani Maiya Sen Kusunda — […]