Gearing up for a busy field season
The ranger teams are gearing up to start a busy field season following a break over summer. Despite a lot of rain across Martu country the ranger coordinators are back in their communities and working with the rangers in planning for the field season.
The Jigalong team have hit the ground running with opening the ranger station and unpacking all of the gear. The rangers have been busy brush-cutting a jungle of grass and other vegetation that had overtaken the Jigalong ranger station following a very wet summer. Preparation for trips of the year are well under way with the first major trip being a trip to Well 15 on the Canning Stock Route where they will meet up with the Birriliburu rangers.
The Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji teams have had a slightly delayed start to the year due to rain keeping roads closed until late February. Once the roads dried out vehicles and gear were delivered to all of the ranger teams and planning for the year began. Each team has jam-packed work plans for the next few months. Some of the activities include:
- First-aid training
- Threatened species monitoring with Department of Parks and Wildlife staff
- Water monitoring with scientists from The Nature Conservancy
- Targeted Great Desert Skink surveys
- Checking remote-sensor cameras installed in 2016 and downloading image data collected over summer
- Commencement of the High School Ranger Program in Punmu and Kunawarritji
A number of rangers will also be undertaking aerial incendiary machine operation and working safely around aircraft training in mid-March. The training will be run by Parks and Wildlife in Newman. This training is a requirement for all rangers who want to operate the incendiary machine to make sure it is conducted safely.