"Our basic goal for today is to remove these turtles from the HSU pond and place them in a more suitable habitat," says Martina Gordillo, HSU Environmental Service Club President.
Students of the Environmental Service Club at Hardin-Simmons University decided to help out these little reptiles in preparation for winter.
"Our first attempt to catch the turtles is going to be with a net while trying to watch for when they surface, because they will surface, and then trying to scoop them up and get them in a terrarium," states Gordillo.
But just where will the turtles go?
If we find turtles we plan on relocating them to a local lake or a local habitat. We have not quite decided yet," says Gordillo.
The service club members have set pretty ambitious goals for themselves even though they have not been around that long.
"Maybe, last summer two or three students had this idea, and so it kind of gelled from there," says Dr. Rick Hammer, HSU Assistant Professor.
For students of the environmental service club at Hardin-Simmons University, today is about more than just saving turtles. Today marks the beginning of a long road of what they hope are very successful projects.