Tracking Mankarr in the Little Sandy Desert

Deep in the Little Sandy Desert, Martu walked with purposeful footsteps, weaving their way between clumps of spiky green spinifex, fanning out across the sandplain. Eyes were to the ground, reading the small indents, scrapes and scratches in the sand. And then, the tracks the rangers had been looking for: the bounding-overstep motion of the mankarr (greater bilby).

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Carving It Forward

Martu have been carving it forward, with help from the Dream it Forward grant! The grant has contributed to the development of a new beginning for Martu elders to recommence carving — a practice that had been steadily eroded over the past 10 years, largely due to a lack of accessibility to carving tools.

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Keeping an ear out for the Pilbara leaf-nosed bat

Martu rangers have been working on bat monitoring – deploying song meters at Karlamilyi National Park and collecting the recordings for analysis. Eight species of echolocating bat were detected, including the Pilbara leaf-nosed bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia); a vulnerable species under federal and state legislation!

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Zan King
Protecting special sites and species through fire

Fire management activities are well underway across Martu country. Following the Incendiary Machine Operator (IMO) training earlier in the year, each ranger team has undertaken aerial burning operations. This work is linking fire scars from previous years to produce fire breaks, and breaking up large areas of unburnt country — the rangers truly are managing fire on a landscape scale.

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