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Students Help Delta Pond Turtles

EUGENE, Ore. — Students at Marist High School are doing their part to help the local wildlife.

Since September, this ecology class has been visiting the Delta Ponds every week, transplanting trees so the turtles that are native to the area have more room to lay their eggs.

The teens we spoke with say it’s rewarding to see their education pay off in a real-life setting.

“It’s kind of cool coming out here and working in the real world and seeing all of our work in the classroom translate into the real world, and just seeing how the environment kind of works,” said Marist High senior Jenna Laver.

The students say some people in the area abandon their pet turtles at the ponds, which makes it harder for native turtles to survive.

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