Plates Issued: Intaglio (front) -Black; Offset - Man Rolland, 300. Color: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow. Artist: Sherrie Russell Meline, Mt. Shasta, CA. Designer: Piotr Naszarkowski Modeler: Donald H. Woo. Engraver: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./Sennett Security Products. First Day of Sale: June 1, 2006, Washington, DC 20066 Issue: Seventy-third Duck Stamp (fifteenth $15.00 stamp), Ninth Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Issue - RW73A. Quantity Sold: N/A.
and Production Sheets: WAG or PSA.
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 2007. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $15. Ross' Goose."
Back - "Invest in America's Future. Buy Duck Stamps. Save Wetlands. Send in or report all bird bands to 1-800-327-BAND. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl or use this stamp as a pass to a National Wildlife Refuge unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
PSA Inscription: Front - "U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 2006-2007 Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp. Artist: Sherrie Russell Meline. Safeguarding Our Waterfowl Heritage: May 14, 2006, marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan- the first continental conservation plan dedicated to birds. If applicable: sign, peel, and attach to hunting license. Peel here."
Back - "North American Waterfowl Management Plan. By the mid 1980's, waterfowl populations were in crisis. Loss of habitat and a prolonged drought had caused their numbers to plummet to record lows. Waterfowl were then and are now the most prominent and economically important group of migratory birds in North America. The need to safeguard these birds was delineated in the Plan, which introduced the concept of continental conservation planning, using science to establish waterfowl population and wetlands habitat conservation goals. The Plan forged a new conservation model: public-private partnerships - called joint ventures - conserving waterfowl habitat in areas of major concern. Since 1986, Plan joint ventures have invested $3.2 billion to conserve 13.1 million acres of wetlands habitat. The joint ventures' work also benefits people - wetlands recharge groundwater supplies, abate floods, reduce soil erosion and sedimentation in our waterways, and improve water quality by filtering out pollutants. Stamps are non-refundable. Important: Sign your name in ink on the face of the stamp to use it for hunting, or as a season pass to any National Wildlife Refuge. For information on hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges and other public land, visit http://www.recreation.gov/ Local hunting regulations. Please contact your state wildlife agency for information on hunting regulations. Report all bird bands 1-800-327-BAND. Amplex/Ordering-Reordering 1-800-852-4897 or www.duckstamp.com Individual Stamp Orders 1-800-STAMP24 www.duckstamp.com or http://shop.usps.com Federal Duck Stamp Office U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mail Stop MBSP-4070. 4401 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203-1622 http://duckstamps.fws.gov"
Sherrie Russell Meline
Sherrie Russell Meline has been a professional artist since the mid-1970s. She has always been interested in art and her talent has been apparent and acknowledged since early childhood. Northern California provides an abundant resource of material for Sherrie’s paintings. She feels that observing and photographing waterfowl in their native and captive environments are essential for establishing proper bird attitudes. The additional use of mounts and study skins provide the source for fine feather detail also evident in Sherrie’s work. Sherrie resides with her husband Kevin in Mt. Shasta, CA.
Although Sherrie's waterfowl have successfully graced the face of more than 30 State Duck Stamps, this is the first time that her work was selected for the Federal Duck Stamp. She has competed twelve times.