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U.S. Postal Service to Unveil Tufted Puffin Stamp at Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, AK (January 22, 2013) – A new stamp issued by the United States Postal Service will be unveiled for the first time tomorrow at the Alaska SeaLife Center.  The 86-cent stamp, which features the Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), will be celebrated in a Date of First Issue ceremony on Wednesday, January 23 at in the Center’s Bear Mountain Conference Room at 11:00 a.m.

Holding the ceremony at the Center is a special honor, as only one location in the U.S. is selected for the First Day of Issue for each stamp.  The Alaska SeaLife Center was selected as the site to unveil the stamp thanks in part to a suggestion by Seward Postmaster, Jerry Nassen.  

Tomorrow’s ceremony will be held on a Wednesday during the Center’s "FREEzing Winter Wednesdays" program, which offers free general admission to Alaskan residents through February 28.  Visitors are encouraged to tour the Center after the stamp ceremony to explore the facility’s collection of Tufted Puffins and other seabirds, which are on display year-round. Tufted Puffins are distinguished by the long, yellow tufts that curve backward from their eyes during their summer breeding season.  As the largest of the puffin species, they have a broad range of habitats and can be found along the Pacific coast from Japan to California.                                                                                                                                      

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.  The Alaska SeaLife Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.alaskasealife.org.

More information about the puffin stamp can be found on the United States Postal Service website:

https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=S_115004&categoryId=subcatS_S_Sheets

Photos and video of the ceremony are available: monicac@alaskasealife.org /

907-224-6397

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