Two major trips onto Country were recently undertaken by the Jigalong Women Rangers to expand their experience and capacity.
The Ranger program is supported by a number of organisations, including Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Jigalong Women’s Ranger Coordinator Michelle Alexander said as a casual Ranger program, the women rangers are focused and strategic in relation to the activities that they undertake throughout the year.
In combination with the Jigalong Men’s team, the Women Rangers undertook two major on-country trips to Well 18 and Durba Springs.
The first trip was a nine-day visit to Well 18 to undertake supervision of the refurbishment of the Well by Trackcare as well as to conduct strategic ground burning along the Canning Stock Route between Durba Springs and Well 18.
The second trip was a 12-day trip to Durba Springs to undertake threatened species work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife around monitoring a translocated population of rock wallabies at Durba Springs and to continue with strategic trackside burning along the Canning Stock Route.
“Both of these trips included a mix of senior women and younger rangers and were an integral opportunity for intergenerational knowledge transfer,” Ms Alexander said.
“These trips were also an important opportunity for some of the women to visit for the first time country that their parents had walked as young adults.”
Mankar (bilbies) have also been a core theme for the Jigalong Rangers in 2016, and a local population was discovered by the Rangers earlier in the year.
Ms Alexander said extensive tracking has been undertaken around the area to locate and identify the range of the population.
“Twenty-one burrows have been found to date, and further work is continuing to determine the extent of the permanency and size of the population,” she said.
Using remote cameras and tracking, so far the Rangers have been able to determine that there are at least four adults and one juvenile.
“It appears that there may be other adults breeding within the population but further work is required to confirm the extent of this,” Ms Alexander said.
“As this population is very close to Jigalong, this discovery has been a great opportunity for the Rangers to work with the Jigalong School to teach local kids about Mankar and threatened species generally.”
Ms Alexander said after a productive year, the Jigalong Women Rangers are looking forward to further building on the work completed this year in 2017.
Banner: Pamela Jefferies burning along CSR north of Durba Springs (©KJ)
Right: Glenika Cooke and Tanisha Watson learning how to set Rock Wallaby Traps at Durba Springs (©KJ)
Bottom Left: One of the Jigalong Bilbies captured on camera (©KJ)