Rawa High School students at Tuutuu jurnu listening to elder Gladys Bidu  

Rawa High School students at Tuutuu jurnu listening to elder Gladys Bidu
 

Punmu rangers and High school students with ecologist Rachel Paltridge (Desert Wildlife Services)  

Punmu rangers and High school students with ecologist Rachel Paltridge (Desert Wildlife Services)
 

Monitoring mulyamiji with
Rawa High School rangers

With extended summer rains making large parts of country boggy and inaccessible, Punmu rangers have concentrated on work closer to home. The team has been focusing on continued monitoring of the nearby mulyamiji (great desert skink) population. 

In conjunction with Ecologist Rachel Paltridge from Desert Wildlife Services, rangers helped to develop a refreshed monitoring program for the IUCN Red List lizard, with particular concern over the impact of large wildfires and feral cats. Sensor cameras were deployed at six known mulyamiji burrows over the active summer period, which rangers helped to download and analyse data. 

The Rawa High School rangers also had the opportunity to assist with field monitoring. Back in the classroom, students learnt about the mulyamiji’s unique burrow system, and how waru (fire), as well as traditional tracking skills and cat traps, are being used by other ranger groups to help protect mulyamiji to stay strong and healthy. 

To date, over 17 high school students have participated in the Rawa High School Ranger program in 2017, with field trips shared between the Punmu men and women rangers.