LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Five birds of prey are featured on a set of U.S. Postal Service stamps that are now on sale.
goshawk, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, osprey and northern harrier
are on the 85-cent definitive Birds of Prey stamps. All these birds are
seen in Arkansas, although some are infrequent visitors.
can be used with virtually all domestic First-Class Mail weighing up to
3-ounces. The stamps are available at post offices nationwide, online at
usps.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.
birds are depicted in colorful portraits and shown from the neck up.
The artwork appears against a plain, white background. Illustrator
Robert Giusti of Bridgewater, CT, worked with art director Howard E.
Paine of Delaplane, VA, on this issuance. Giusti painted the original
designs in acrylic on canvas board.
prey, also known as raptors, thrive in diverse habitats and live on
every continent except Antarctica. The roughly 500 species of raptors
include birds that hunt by day, such as falcons, eagles and harriers and
birds that hunt by night — owls. They share several common
characteristics, such as being carnivorous and using their powerful
talons to capture prey. Their exceptionally keen eyesight allows them to
see small objects in detail, even from a great distance. As predators
high on the food chain, raptors play an important role in maintaining
the balance of nature.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may
purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website
at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the
stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to
themselves or others) and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:
Birds of Prey Stamp
P.O. Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282
applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return
the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders
must be postmarked by March 20, 2012.
How to Order First-Day Covers
Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal
Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue
cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered
in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free
catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service
P.O. Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014