1996 2¢ Red-Headed Woodpecker
Flora and Fauna Series
Issue Date: February 2, 1996
City: Sarasota, Florida
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Offset Lithography
This 2¢ stamp replaced the Mary Lyon stamp that was part of the Great Americans set. The Postal Service felt wildlife stamps would be more popular than the older single-color set.
The Red-Headed Woodpecker image is based on a painting by Michael Matherly, whose work was used for the American kestrel and Eastern bluebird stamps issued in 1991. The woodpecker used to be a common sight in the central and eastern United States, but has decreased in numbers due to habitat loss.