Ivory-billed Woodpecker Gets Stamp

July 15, 2005 – Posted at 2:19 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Ivory-billed Woodpecker has put Region 8 on an international map in the past three months. The rediscovery of the once-thought extinct bird has folks in Arkansas excited about the potential economic impact.

However in a few months, you'll be able to take the rare bird home for your own. "There are a lot of people involved and it's really going to be good and promotionally really great for Arkansas," said Wildlife Art Director Larry Grisham.

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is about to go postal. It will soon be making an appearance in the Arkansas Conservation Stamp and Print Program.

"The state sells about 90,000 duck stamps a year, and I would say we would probably sell more woodpecker stamps nationally and internationally than that," said Grisham. Grisham has worked as the Wildlife Art Director for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for the last 25 years. He says this stamp has big potential.

"It's certainly great putting the focus on Arkansas in a international way," said Grisham.

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker has spawned tons of merchandise, everything from t-shirts to hamburgers, but to be a true hard-core birder, you have to have the haircut. "

They are sprucing up the front and shaving it back to a "V" in the back, and it's really quiet silly looking," laughed Grisham.

The stamps will be available in a sheet of four and should be ready for the public during the first week of September.

"A pretty good percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the stamp and prints are going to be split between the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Nature Conservancy," said Grisham. Editions of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker stamp and posters are already available for pre-order. Prices range from $15 to $315 dollars and they can be ordered through Grisham's Art in Jonesboro.

To order call 1-800-232-2409 or log onto http://www.grishamsart.com .