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Postal Service Ushers in Spring With Songbird Stamps

Posted: April 4, 2014, 6:10 p.m. EDT


Birders won’t have to press their eyes to binoculars to see these birds.

Ten colorful songbirds are featured on a new series of postage stamps the U.S. Postal Service is issuing Saturday in partnership with the Audubon Society.

The dedication ceremony for the Songbirds Forever Stamps will take place at the Trinity River Audubon Center, a Dallas-area nature preserve.

The birds perched on the stamps are the western meadowlark, mountain bluebird, western tanager, painted bunting, Baltimore oriole, evening grosbeak, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, American goldfinch and white-throated sparrow.

"Songbirds have been singing and delighting humans for thousands of years, so it’s only fitting that ... they receive their own postage stamps,” said Jo Ann Feindt, the Postal Service’s Southern Area vice president.

Brian Trusty, executive director of Audubon Texas, who is slated to join Feindt at the dedication, applauded the timing of the stamp release.

"Spring migration is turning our skies into a superhighway of migrating birds for the next several weeks, including many of the beautiful species depicted in these stamps,” he said.

The bird images were based on paintings by Robert Giusti, an illustrator from Bridgewater, Conn. Giusti’s paintings depicted each bird perching on a fence post or branch with vines, pine cones, leaves or flowers added in. The paintings appear against a white background.

Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C., designed the stamps based on Giusti’s work.

"We hope everyone who has the opportunity to use these stamps will be reminded of the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation as a part of everyday life,” Noyes added.

For profiles, migration maps and birdsong audios of the species depicted on the stamps, go to Audubon.org.

 Songbird stamps
Ten songbirds appear on the new Postal Service stamps. Top, from left, western meadowlark, mountain bluebird, western tanager, painted bunting, and Baltimore oriole; bottom, from left, evening grosbeak, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, American goldfinch and white-throated sparrow.

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