The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the right edge of the stamp.
Most wild animals usually try to avoid being seen by humans, and may be difficult to sight because of nocturnal habits. But with a little practice, interested observers can learn to recognize signs of their presence. The beaver, long a symbol of Canadian industry, significantly alters its habitat by building dams and burrows. Its large webbed hind feet of about 6" long leave a distinctive print you may see, although the beaver himself may be swimming underwater or hiding in its watery burrow. Gottschalk + Ash International in Toronto designed these new low-value definitive stamps. The graphic style depicts these small mammals on a split, textured background suggestive of the animals' environment. The colours on the stamps were chosen to be realistic, and yet to allow each stamp to be easily distinguishable.