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Arctic Fox

Snow Mammals

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue February 16, 2021
Year 2021
Quantity 670,000
Denomination
PERMANENTâ„¢ (P).
Current monetary value: $0.92.
Series Snow Mammals
Series Time Span 2021
Postal Administration Canada

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Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 300,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
Printer: Canadian Bank Note
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Souvenir Sheet

Quantity Produced - 70,000
Original Purchase Price: $4.60
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 129 mm x 98 mm
Printer: Canadian Bank Note
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Souvenir Sheet Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 7,000
Original Purchase Price: $5.60
Cancellation Location: Snow Lake MB
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
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About Stamp Series

Life in the wild can be a deadly game of hide and seek, where blending in with the landscape is critical to survival. These stamps – issued in the depths of our Canadian winter – showcase five native mammals that share the remarkable characteristic of changing colour with the seasons.

Not surprisingly, given the drastic change much of our landscape undergoes from summer to winter, Canada is home to more species of mammals that moult from shades of brown or grey to white – and back again in spring – than any other country in the world.

The five featured on these stamps represent the hunters and the hunted. The ermine and the Arctic fox are predators that blend into the snowy background to sneak up on their next meal. The snowshoe hare, Peary caribou and northern collared lemming are prey that rely on their camouflage to avoid detection.

“These creatures are like ghosts, travelling on or under the snow without a sound,” says Dominique Fauteux, a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature. “Their unique adaptation invokes a very poetic view of winter as not only silent and calm, but also dangerous.”

The seasonal change of outerwear that makes these mammals distinctive is the result of a complex physiological process influenced by sensitivity to changes in daylight, rather than temperature. Starting around the first snowfall, their lighter-weight, darker-coloured coats moult to a heavier, more insulating white. This gradual process reverses in the warmer months, beginning around the spring melt.

Only 19 species of mammals worldwide (about 0.3 per cent) change colour in response to winter: Canada is home to 12 of them.

Creators

Stamp Designer: Adrian Horvath.

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Reference

Canada Post Details Magazine - February - March 2021, Volume XXX NO 2

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