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Huron Prairie Fest — a free outdoor educational adventure for whole family: Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi to receive national award at Sept. 14 event

Posted: Monday, Sep 9th, 2013

Make plans to attend Huron Prairie Fest scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area.

The Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area is located eight miles west of Huron on Highway 14, turn north on 392nd Avenue and follow the signs. The event will be held rain or shine so dress accordingly.

Huron Prairie Fest is a free, outdoor event featuring highly interactive environmental educational programs and hands-on activities for the whole family.

This year’s theme focuses on the importance of pollinators such as butterflies, bees, birds, bats, etc. Some of the activities include: make a bee house, meet a beekeeper, make a pollinator kite, pollinator crafts, a scavenger hunt nature walk and more.

There are two featured events, including a presentation by Dr. Amanda Bachmann on Backyard Pollinators at 2:30 p.m., and a Butterfly Release and Tagging at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, there will be a special award presentation at 3:15 p.m. by the National Wildlife Refuge Association, which will present the National Friends Group of the Year Award to the Maga Ta-Hohpi Friends Group. The public is invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Maga Ta-Hohpi Friends Group, S.D. Army National Guard, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Beadle County Sportsmen Club, Dr. Mike & Mary Fuchs, JL Groves Memorial, Pro PT, Gary Zell’s Auto Glass, Mid Dakota Rural Water Systems, Angel Honey, Rainbow Play Systems, Huron Master Gardeners, Elaine Linderman, and Beadle Conservation District.

Maga Ta-Hohpi is a Yankton Sioux term meaning “duck nest,” and is a waterfowl production area with approximately 2,200 acres of land.

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.

For more information you can check out www.friendsofmagatahohpi.com or call 352-5638.

For the complete article see the 09-07-2013 issue.

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