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Atlantic Puffins - Baby Wildlife

Baby Wildlife - Definitives

Title

Atlantic Puffins - Baby Wildlife

Denomination

$1.80

Date of Issue

March 31, 2014

Year

Quantity

Continuous Printing

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Baby Wildlife - Definitives

Series Time Span

2011 - 2014

Perforation or Dimension

Simulated perforation

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Monique Dufour, Sophie Lafortune | Photography: Atlantic puffins – Bryan Eveleigh, photographersdirect.com.

Layouts

Booklet of 6 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $10.80
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours

Coil of 50 stamps

Quantity Produced - Continuous printing
Original Price: $90
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours

Souvenir sheet of 5 stamps

Quantity Produced - 155,000
Original Price: $7.35
Dimension: 144 mm x 72 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 9 colours
Gum Type: PVA

Souvenir sheet OFDC

Quantity Produced - 11,500
Cancellation Location: Dawson City YT
Original Price: $8.35
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 9 colours

About Stamp

This year, our Baby Wildlife series wraps up with one last adorable issue. Each stamp captures the early days of some of Canada’s more recognizable wildlife: the baby beaver, mountain goat, puffin, wapiti and burrowing owl. With four years of newborn critter stamps to her credit, as well as other Canadian stamps since 1998, designer Sophie Lafortune strives to ensure these youngsters look their best.

“The focus on the animals has kept the series fresh by giving new life to the stamps with each issue. New animals with different habitats meant new design challenges,” explains Lafortune, adding, “There’s a need to find new ways of seeing the animals each year.”

Finding new images isn’t the only challenge. As definitives, these will be among the most used stamps this year. “Similar to the design of a poster, everything on a stamp has to be easily identifiable at first sight,” says Lafortune. “To achieve that visibility, we play with contrasts and colours to highlight the key element of each stamp.”

Lafortune’s favourite from the 2014 series is the puffin and its mother. She points to the contrast between the almost monochromatic baby bird and the bright colour in the mother’s beak.

About the animals
At birth, adorable baby beavers already have thick fur, sharp teeth and open eyes. They can see, hear, walk and even swim. After two years, kits leave the colony.

Mountain goat mothers bear their kids on the isolated ledges of the dangerous rocky terrain they call home. Just three days after birth, horns start to show and soon after, the kid is ready to explore and play with other youngsters.

Puffin males prepare burrows on ocean cliffs with grass, twig and feather linings. After 40 days, the 40-gram chick hatches and some five weeks later, takes its first flight at night.

Burrowing owl parents assure the comfort of their chicks by lining the burrow in feathers, dried plants and dry shredded cow manure. By August, the chicks begin living independently as they prepare for the annual migration to the south.

Wapiti – sometimes known as elk in North America – are born in May or early June after a gestation period of just over eight months. After birth, the cow hides her newborn until it can run if threatened.

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