On February 12, 2007, Canada Post will issue two domestic rate stamps to mark the Fourth International Polar Year and to recognize Canada's concern for the future of polar ecosystems and Arctic society.
The International Polar Year (IPY) is a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. During the two last decades, Alaska, Siberia and parts of the Antarctic Peninsula have been the three fastest-warming regions on the planet. According to the World Meteorological Organization, this event is a huge, exciting scientific campaign focusing on the polar regions. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time.
The animals depicted on these stamps are true Arctic dwellers. Peter Scott, creative designer of q30design, says they were chosen "because of their appropriateness to the region." One stamp shows a recently discovered brilliant-red deep-sea jellyfish; the other features a male King Eider bird with a bright orange bill, light grey crown and pale, emerald-green cheeks.