Did you know your used postage stamps can save a beautiful bird from extinction? The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is seeking your used postage to raise money for the protection of the albatross, a large seabird found in the Northern Pacific and Southern Ocean.
The RSPB sells the stamps to stamp dealers and auction houses, and then uses the profits raised to show the fishing community how to use techniques and tools to protect the birds from getting caught in fishing lines. There are 22 species of albatross and all of them are endangered at some level.
While reading about albatrosses, I discovered a page on Wikipedia about the oldest bird living in the wild. She is an albatross and her name is Wisdom. She is about 66 years old! Maybe sending our used stamps to RSPB will help other birds get to live a nice long life, too.
The RSPB ask that the stamps be cut from your mail, leaving a 1/4 inch (6mm) edge around the backing. They should be sent to:
PO Box 6198
Bedfordshire LU7 9XT
I confirmed with Laura, the Community Fundraising Manager at RSPB, that the stamp drive is still ongoing. Laura was quite happy to know postcrossers would be onboard with this drive. She also mentioned in her email to me that Postcrossing looks like a lot of fun, and that she wishes she had more time to participate… Perhaps with our stamps we could include a postcard to Laura encouraging her to give it try!