frog stamps

There will be a national celebration and dedication of four Frog Forever Stamps on Tuesday, July 9. Locally, the event will take place at 11 a.m. at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center.

U.S. Postal Service officials came to Boise on Tuesday to issue the new “forever” stamp featuring four North American frogs, in a ceremony at the MK Nature Center. The design was unveiled amid loud “ribbits” as the crowd applauded; folks then had chance to purchase official first day of issue editions of the new stamps.

“We feel that nothing could be more appropriate for celebrating frogs, these creatures that are so unassuming yet so charming and have touched so many lives, than to do so at a place dedicated to connecting people with the out-of-doors,” said Victoria Runnoe, conservation education supervisor at the MK Nature Center.

Tom Samra, vice president for facilities for the USPS, said, “We are excited about these stamps and encourage you to share the news with the amphibian lovers in your life, and with anyone who appreciates the beauty of wildlife and the important role these animals serve.”

Michael Mirides, Salt Lake District manager for the USPS, said, “It’s my pleasure on behalf of the postal service to welcome you all here as we dedicate this frog stamp and we set it loose to hop around our nation and our world, through our letters and cards that’ll be sent for years to come.”

John Cossel, chairman of the Department of Biology at Northwest Nazarene University, recalled collecting frogs as a child, and also how his mom worked as a rural mail carrier when he was growing up. “Here’s to forever frogs and here’s to forever stamps!” he declared to applause.

The frog stamps are now available for purchase at post offices nationwide. Information on purchasing first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is online at usps.com/shop under “Collectors.”

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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