Finding waterholes from the air

A joint helicopter mapping and waru (fire) trip in Punmu was extremely successful with a total of fifty-two sites being identified by elders Nyanjipayi Chapman, Mulyatingki Chapman, Mayiwalku Chapman, Minyawu Miller, Muuki Taylor and Waka Taylor.  Elders, working closely with younger relatives and rangers, used walking routes along with the new wall map at the Punmu ranger station to estimate the site locations before going out in the helicopter to ground-truth the sites.

Sixteen sites were located by air and now have reliable GPS locations, ten of which were new to KJ’s waterhole database, Wanyja.  Eighteen sites were ground-truthed, nine of which were also new to Wanyja.  Approximate locations for a further eighteen sites were identified by the elders and rangers.