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Kimberley Bush Rangers gather for annual conference

Luke Stanley from Kalumburu Bush Rangers participates in a mud-sampling workshop
Luke Stanley from Kalumburu Bush Rangers participates in a mud-sampling workshop Sally Johnston, DPaW

Bird identification workshops and mud-sampling to identify bird food availability were among the highlights of the Kimberley Bush Rangers conference held in Broome last weekend.

Instructors from the highly successful Bush Rangers WA program now in its 16th year, run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, met to share information and gain ideas for new projects.

Parks and Wildlife Kimberley Bush Rangers Coordinator Sally Johnston said there were two new schools - Kalumburu and Beagle Bay - participating in the program.

“Bush Rangers is a voluntary nature conservation program for secondary school students aged 12 to 17 and Kimberley schools host eight of the State’s 60 units,” Ms Johnston said.

“Our annual conference forms an important part of the instructors’ professional development, with a program of workshops, guest speakers and time for networking and planning with other Kimberley schools.

“There were presentations from each of the established units, guest presenters, a bird identification workshop with Broome Bird Observatory, mud-sampling with Parks and Wildlife staff, Bush Ranger beach games and fisheries education and projects with the Department of Fisheries.”

The conference concluded on Sunday 23 February.

One of 10 Cadets WA programs, the Bush Rangers WA program is funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities and offers activities based on teamwork, initiative, leadership and environmental conservation.

For more information about Bush Rangers WA, visit or contact Sally Johnston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9168 4200.

Media contact: DPaW Media 9219 9999