The 24th of August was quite a day for MCL! A series of four national stamps were issued showcasing the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Being featured on the national postage stamps is a great honor and usually reserved for 100 year anniversaries and for national parks, but MCL was chosen in celebration of their 25 years of contribution to conservation.
The date of the issue was Costa Rica’s National Parks Day, and was also intended to mark International Year of the Forests to highlight MCL’s contribution to conservation. The launch of the new stamp was well attended in the village hall in Santa Elena. The national director of the post office gave the post office’s perspective for choosing the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Monteverde’s mayor talked about the significance for the region and MCL’s director, Yuber Rodriguez, spoke of MCL’s role in conservation. A traditional dance group performed and we could buy copies of the stamps.
In January, when we knew that the Children’s Eternal Rainforest had been chosen for the stamps, the search went out to find pictures that represented it the best. The images that were chosen were of the iconic green-eyed frog, rediscovered in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest when thought to be extinct (see the story here); the world’s tiniest orchid, emblematic of the cloud forest; the margay, a stunning native jungle cat; and a photo of the forest viewed from across the lake at Poco Sol. Board Director, Dr. Julia Matamoros took the pictures of the lake and the margay, Dr. Bill Haber, a botanist, entomologist and MCL associate, took the photo of the orchid and Luis Solano, a member of MCL staff, took the photo of the frog.
Now the Children’s Eternal Rainforest is making its way out across the world on letters, parcels and postcards. Stamp collectors worldwide will be able to include them in their collections. It is nice to think of children around the world putting the stamps in their albums and learning the story of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.
By Rowan Eisner and Giselle Rodriguez In Monteverde, CR