Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi is a cooperating association with the Huron Wetland Management District of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It is a private, non-profit corporation organized to promote, develop and support environmental education and awareness of the values of preserving and enhancing our natural resources. The wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities provided at Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA bring the community civic pride, economic vitality, support of strong family values, and an improved appreciation and knowledge of wildlife, plant, and prairie resources. In 2009, the Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi contributed 600 hours of volunteer time in support of conservation programs in the Huron community. The Friends Group’s Goal is “to increase public knowledge of the value of the prairie pothole ecosystem; provide an environmental educational experience for all ages; create working partnerships between those involved with natural resources; provide for continued economic growth, development, and preservation for future generations." Further, the Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi strive to implement the USFWS’ Connecting People with Nature Initiative.  As an organization, we recognize that we have an important role to play in helping others in the local community learn about the benefits of connecting with nature. 
Maga Ta-Hohpi (Maha-ta-hopie), a Yankton Sioux term meaning ‘Duck Nest’, is a Waterfowl Production Area with approximately 2,200 acres of land. It is located nine miles west of Huron on Hwy 14.  We were given the prestigous 2013 Friends Group of the Year from the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Visit our new Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.

  Waterfowl Production Areas are not just for wildlife. They are places of peace and tranquility where visitors can renew an intimate tie with nature. Photographers, walkers, birders, school groups, families and outdoor enthusiasts, there is something for everyone. Perhaps the greatest potential of the area lies in the prospect of providing environmental education to an increasing urbanized society. 

Check out the new Friends Group Friends of the Duck Stamp.  Each year duck stamp dollars are used to protect wetlands and grasslands in the Dakotas and throughout the United States.  Did you know that 98% of all of the money generated by duck stamp sales is used to purchase lands and easements?  Find out about the duck stamp and the new Friends group!!                  

Wildflowers Credit: Chris Bailey
Bird Banding Credit: USFWS
Canvasback Credit: Chris Bailey
Outreach Credit: USFWS

Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA 2013 Friends Group of the Year!
All Wildlife Photos Credit to and Courtesy of Chris Bailey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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