2017 Conservation Stamp

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Conservation Stamp
About the Artist: Kathy Lepley of Galaxy Graphics designed this year's stamp. Kathy specializes in visual communications including natural history and wildlife illustration.
TED Program biologist Travis Booms releases a golden eagle after attaching a GPS transmitter to determine breeding season and migratory movements
Wildlife Education specialist Mike Taras checking out animal tracks with teachers at a workshop in Fairbanks
Campers exploring the intertidal at AK Experience Camp, a partnership between ADF&G and UAF Cooperative Extension, 4H Program

Thank you for supporting fish and wildlife conservation in Alaska!

Alaska's remarkable fish and wildlife are one of its most valuable assets. Through your purchase of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game conservation stamp, you will be helping conserve the diverse array of fish and wildlife species that call Alaska home. Alaska's citizens and visitors alike benefit from the sound management of our fish and wildlife resources through rewarding experiences such as wildlife viewing, nature tourism, hunting, and fishing. Subject to appropriation, funds from the stamp will be used to meet conservation needs for fish, wildlife, and associated habitats and will support research and monitoring of species that are not hunted or fished, as well as conservation education.

Under Alaska's State Wildlife Action Plan, department biologists work proactively with our partners to conserve fish and wildlife species before they become threatened or endangered, to recover species already imperiled, and to keep "common species common." ADF&G carries out projects to conserve the broad array of species and their habitats in Alaska — from bats and small birds to polar bears and beluga whales to fish and aquatic invertebrates.

ADF&G also provides conservation education programs across the state. By educating Alaskans and others about our state's fish and wildlife resources and the work conducted by ADF&G, our education programs support and encourage an engaged citizenry capable of making informed decisions related to the sustainable management of fish and wildlife species. From outdoor skills classes to teacher workshops and citizen-science projects, ADF&G offers an array of outdoor learning experiences and educational resources to the public.

This year's stamp features the Aleutian tern. The Aleutian tern is a seabird that nests in colonies along Alaska's vast coastline and overwinters in the waters off Southeast Asia. Alaska is the only place in North America where Aleutian terns breed. During their short breeding season in Alaska, wildlife viewers and biologists marvel at the terns' graceful flight and their long-distance migration of up to 7,000 miles between their wintering areas and breeding grounds. Terns are also curious to biologists because of their tendency to move colony sites, even during the breeding season. The species' mobility makes keeping track of the Alaska population of Aleutian terns a challenge.

As Alaska is the only state where Aleutian terns breed, ADF&G has a stewardship responsibility to aid in the understanding of potential conservation concerns for this species. ADF&G researchers and partners are working together to study this species of conservation concern, including finding new ways to track movements of Aleutian terns during the breeding season.

A new conservation stamp will be developed each year and will focus on a particular species or habitat. Your purchase of this year's conservation stamp is greatly appreciated. The $20 stamp is a water-resistant 3.5" by 3" oval sticker. To purchase a stamp, visit ADF&G's store.

Aleutian tern with Mt. Saint Elias in the background in nesting habitat around Yakutat (photo Bob Armstrong)