By Jay Bigalke
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vt., has been selected as the first-day-of-issue location for the Birds in Winter forever stamps to be issued Sept. 22.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the institute, located at 149 Natures Way in Quechee.
The Postal Service reports that an RSVP is required to attend the ceremony. To RSVP, visit this website.
According to that website, “The dedication ceremony coincides with the institute’s Sport of Kings Day which celebrates the history, language and traditions of falconry with raptor demonstrations, hands-on-activities and exhibits.”
“The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight the handsome plumage of these resident birds,” the Postal Service said in the press release. “The vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird evokes the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds. A limited palette and simplified shapes give the art a bold, fresh look.”
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The illustrations show the black-capped chickadee, the northern cardinal, the blue jay and the red-bellied woodpecker. Artist Nadia Taylor created the images for the stamps, working with USPS art director Antonio Alcala.
The Birds in Winter forever stamps will be issued in a double-sided booklet pane of 20.