Continuing on from the longer Munga-Thirri Expedition, this trek will conclude our 2017 surveys.
In 2015 we surveyed a transect along the southeastern fringe of the National Park with scientists from the Australian Museum, and in 2016 conducted a reverse direction survey along the same route to determine the differences in flora & fauna exactly one year apart. Our transect this year will begin in the central area of the park and track east towards the desert fringe.
This area of the park consists of wide swales sometimes scattered with gidgee and the occasional coolabah. Most of the spinifex was burnt by the 2011 bushfires and is only just beginning to reappear in some areas, though it will take many years for the plant to fully regain the pre-fire threshold over the country.
Our ecologists will be conducting a bird survey and botanical specimen collection (as in 2015/16) and we also intend to conduct trapping for mammals and reptiles. Towards the end of the survey we will pass through small salt lakes as we make towards our finish point tot he west of Eyre Creek.
It is here that we will see the the vermin proof fence, erected last century in a vain attempt to keep rabbits from spreading.