2005 RW72A HOODED MERGANSERS (Self Adhesive)
Growing up in South Dakota, Mark Anderson developed a love of the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were not only a favorite pastime, they were a way of life. As an adult, Mark’s devotion to nature fueled another interest, painting. He is a self-taught wildlife artist who began painting 1980. Like all true callings, painting became his full-time commitment by 1993.
A true outdoorsman, Mark can be seen photographing as often as hunting or fishing. He always travels with a camera and is prepared to capture “live” moments of inspiration. These excursions provide the knowledge and research necessary to realistically capture wildlife. Mark is passionate about depicting wildlife realistically. The focal point of his paintings is the wildlife itself; rural elements are incorporated to add depth and dimension. Mark has the unique ability to produce paintings that represent “anywhere USA.” Although he calls South Dakota home, his work portrays scenes reminiscent of any rural environment.
The key to painting authentic works is attention to detail. Mark takes pride in his ability to mimic even the fine points. It’s his trademark and is evident in all aspects of his work. Mark paints with acrylics because he feels this provides him with the best medium to render wildlife realistically with attention to tone and detail. Capturing wildlife in its natural habitat is a must!
The true testimony to his achievements is the awards and accolades bestowed upon him. Mark has been an award-winning artist for two decades, with 11 stamp wins to date. He has been recognized by numerous organizations, including: Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and National Wild Turkey Federation and has received over twenty-five awards. And the list continues to grow.
Hooded Mergansers information to come later
First Day of Sale: July 1, 2005. Issue: 2005 – Seventy-second Duck Stamp (fourteenth $15.00 stamp), Eighth Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Issue – RW72A.
Inscription: Front – “U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 2006. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $15. Hooded Merganser.”
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. 2005-2006 Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp. Artist: Mark Anderson. 50 Years And Still Counting: May 2005 marks the 50th Anniversary of the North American Waterfowl Survey. This survey is the largest and most reliable wildlife inventory in the world. If applicable: sign, peel, and attach to hunting license. Peel here.”
Back – “Waterfowl Surveys– The members of the Waterfowl Survey team are some of the most unique stewards of wildlife around. Each spring, about a dozen pilot biologists fly over some of the most remote and impassable terrain on the continent, covering more than 80,000 miles of prime nesting areas in several Canadian provinces and northern U.S. states. As they fly, they count every duck, goose and swan along their survey routes. These pilot biologists are backed up by Canadian ground crews, who slog through acres of wetlands annually to provide the ground truthing that ensures the accuracy of the counts. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act requires that waterfowl hunting seasons remain closed until the Fish and Wildlife Service verifies that the populations are healthy enough to sustain a regulated hunt. Survey results provide that verification, and play a important role in setting our annual waterfowl hunting regulations. Waterfowl are an important environmental, economic, recreational, and aesthetic resource. The performance of these surveys over the past fifty years has been vital to the wise and continued management of our waterfowl resources and preservation of our natural resource heritage. 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”