Local high school students rescued an endangered sea turtle while participating in the Youth Conservation Corps, a summer youth employment program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on St. Croix.

The four students were selected to work for 10 weeks on projects that promote awareness and appreciation of St. Croix’s natural resources. The main focus of their work revolved around sea turtle monitoring and conservation, assisting staff with sea turtle nest excavations, morning track surveys, stranding response and night patrols for nesting females.