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Two Stamps with Endangered Birds to be Released

Oct 31, 2013

Lithuania Post is maintaining the tradition to introduce the endangered animals and birds with the help of postage stamps. This Saturday, on September 7th, Lithuania Post is going to release two new stamps from the series The Red Book of Lithuania.

The new stamps will feature the threatened Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) and the Tawny Pipit (Anthus Campestris) also included into The Red Book of Lithuania. The nominal values of the stamps are respectively LTL2.15 and LTL2.90. The both stamps will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies each. The new stamps have been created by the artist Eglė Ratkutė.

Along with the stamp, the first day sheet and maximum cards for each stamp will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation.

The Aquatic Warbler is the only species of European passerine birds included into the list of globally endangered species. The Aquatic Warbler breeds in the territories stretching from the western France to the River of Ob. In the north, the habitats cover the southern part of the Baltic Sea Coast, southern Finland, and the upper reaches of the Rivers Volga and Kama. In the south, the habitats embrace the upper reaches of the River of Belaja, northern Ukraine, the Balkans, and the lower reaches of the River of Rona.

After extinction of the Hungarian population in 2011, the list of countries where the Aquatic Warbler breeds contains only 4 countries: Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania. The Aquatic Warbler is uncommon bird in Lithuania. Based on estimations of 2011, the population of this species in Lithuania was made of 73-106 individuals.

The Tawny Pipit prevails in the temperate climate zone of Europe, in part of Asia, and north-western Africa.

This migrant bird spends winters in Africa and Indian subcontinent. In Lithuania, it is found in the Curonian Spit and the coast of the Baltic Sea as well as in the south east of the country. 

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.