Celebrating art and conservation, Wildlife Habitat Canada recently chose a painting by 18-year-old Bethany Harris from Millarville, Alberta, for its 2011 Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.

The painting, entitled “Going Deeper,” depicts a moose walking through the snow into a stand of birch trees. The image will appear on the stamp as well as on the cover of the 2011 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Calendar. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp and the calendar will support youth-driven wildlife conservation projects.

And raising awareness for the need to conserve habitat is certainly among the artist’s goals. Says Harris: “We not only have to go deeper to find [moose], and take the time to enjoy looking at them, but they too are having to find habitat elsewhere as the areas where they live become more developed. Therefore, going deeper was the feel I wanted to express in this painting.”

The self-adhesive stamp is made to be commemorative and decorative, rather than used for postage. WHC calls it “a highly visual way to show support for wildlife and biodiversity conservation in Canada.”

For more information about the Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp, to purchase a stamp, or to learn about how you can get involved, call (613) 722-2090 x225, email youthstamp@whc.org or visit www.whc.org.