Stories from the Desert

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Meet Sumayah Surprise

My name is Sumayah Surprise. I’m from Bayulu community and my country is in the Great Sandy Desert and I also work for Ngurrara Rangers. Our job is to look after our country and look after our old people. Take them out on country to see country. And yeah, we do burning on country to […]

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Kimberley Land Council

The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) is the peak Indigenous body in the Kimberley region working with Aboriginal people to secure native title recognition, conduct conservation and land management activities and develop cultural business enterprises. KLC supports Traditional Owners in its area to engage with 10 Deserts Project in supporting cultural and ecological knowledge, tourism, fire and feral […]

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Meet Nyaparu Rose

“I’m Nyaparu Rose and I’m representing Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation. Our country is so special to us because we’ve got the desert and the sea, the ocean.  So that’s one special thing about it because if we get sick of eating bush tucker from the desert side we can go to the sea side and […]

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Two Boys Dreaming Story – Watti Watti Ularaka

In 2019, Don Rowlands who is a Wangkangurru Yarluyandi elder and ranger in charge of Munga-Thirri National Park, led a journey across northern South Australia back to Birdsville. The journey was a legacy to the old people that passed on knowledge to Don. One of those old people was his grandfather Watti Watti. In Don’s words […]

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Meet Andrew Minyardie

“My country, my grandfather’s country is through the Great Sandy Desert and into Martu country. It’s so special, in the history time, people used to walk from there. My grandparents all walked out of the desert into the coast, where we – where I live now. The Great Sandy Desert, pretty big. It’s a pretty large area, […]

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Ngurrara Biodiversity Survey

On Sunday, 20 September an eight vehicle convoy pulled out of Halls Creek and started the long drive south into the rolling dunes of the Great Sandy Desert and onto Ngurrara Country. We were headed for Kuduarra (Well 46) on the Canning Stock Route, where we would set-up a base for a week-long biodiversity survey. […]

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Long nosed dragon

One of the best things about spending long periods of time in the bush is that you become much more observant of your surroundings. Spotting these little lizards was a product of plenty of time out of ‘civilisation.’ Gareth Catt, regional fire management coordinator, 10 Deserts Project This photo is of two long nosed dragon […]

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Munga-Thirri (Simpson Desert)

“When I finally get to the place of my ancestors it’s not what I take with me, it’ll be about what I leave behind and that’s what drives me.” Don Rowlands, Wangkangurru Yarluyandi elder. Like many traditional owners across the deserts, Don Rowlands is conscious of the need to pass on his knowledge to the […]

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Cool burning with the Ngurrara rangers

During isolation of the corona virus, for us rangers, its safer to be out here in the desert away from town. Edmond Smiler, Ngurrara ranger The Ngurrara rangers conducted early season burning on-ground and aerial burning during May and June. The Ngurrara rangers, with the support of the 10 Deserts Project and the Kimberley Land […]

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Fire training on-country with the Kiwirrkurra rangers

I have been working ranger for five years doing a lot of stuff….it is good working as rangers Raymond Olodoodi, Kiwirrkurra ranger 10 Deserts Project team members Gareth and Hannah travelled on-country to support the Kiwirrkurra rangers burning in remote and inaccessible areas of the Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The team provided valuable one-on-one fire […]

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Kiwirrkurra rangers take to the skies to track Ninu (bilbies)

The Kiwirrkurra rangers took to the skies to conduct Ninu (bilby) surveys in some of the most remote country on the Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). This information makes an important contribution to our research into the link between presence of people, fire regimes and biodiversity in the desert landscape.  Dr Rachel Paltridge, Kiwirrkurra IPA […]

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Desert frogs: part 1

Cyclorana platycephala & Cyclorana australis Desert frogs aren’t uncommon, they just need specific conditions to be easily found. They can be the most abundant vertebrate in the deserts, even on some sand plains where you wouldn’t expect them to appear. Maybe this is what makes finding them so exciting.  The first desert frog we are […]

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