This year’s Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp—purchased by hunters to validate their Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit—will feature a cinnamon teal, painted by Winnipeg artist Lori Boast.

Each year since 1985, a painting by a Canadian wildlife artist has been selected to adorn the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. The stamp is produced through the partnership of Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada and Canadian wildlife artists. Although it’s primarily intended for hunting permits, both the stamp and prints of the image are also sold to stamp collectors, and individuals interested in conserving and restoring wildlife habitat in Canada.

The 2014 Stamp is the 30th to appear in the series, and is set to officially launch on April 6, at Rousseau Timbres & Monnaies à la Baie, in Montreal. The launch will feature the original painting “Sun Kissed Cinnamon – Cinnamon Teal” and the artist herself, Lori Boast, will also be on hand. The cinnamon teal is a small, brightly coloured dabbling duck, found in western North and South America.  

Wildlife Habitat Canada works to conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat in Canada. The group funds habitat conservation projects, promotes conservation action and fosters coordination among conservation groups. Since 1985, the WHC has invested more than $50 million, in support of over 1,500 conservation projects across Canada.

On its website, the group singles out Canadian hunters for special praise, noting that: “Wildlife Habitat Canada would like to acknowledge and thank the hunting community for their valuable contributions to wildlife habitat conservation.”