Punmu rangers out on country

Punmu rangers McLean Williams, Ashwin Biljabu and Simon Jones rangers cleaning out Jila Jila

Punmu rangers McLean Williams, Ashwin Biljabu and Simon Jones rangers cleaning out Jila Jila

There was much work to do at the start of the year to the Lakehouse (Punmu ranger station).  The rangers have built their own office, and now there is a place to print photos and complete the necessary paperwork for trips.

Punmu men and women rangers at Wilara

Punmu men and women rangers at Wilara

Once the ranger station was organized for the next field season, the rangers headed out to visit country and to see which waterholes needed cleaning.  Although there wasn’t much rain in Punmu over the summer, some linyji (claypans) still filled up with kapi (water). Shorebirds returned again to Lapilipili, a clay pan recently added to Wanyja database that Minyawe remembers well from pujiman (bushman) times.

Eight rangers undertook an independent trip to Desert Queen Baths to assess tourist impact and to monitor further the northern quoll population.