The visit of His Holiness Patriarch of All Russia by Kirill on The Commander Islands.

Bering Island

Patriarch Kirill I, or Cyril I (Russian: Кирилл, Патриарх Московский и всея Руси), (secular name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev(Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гундяев); born November 1946) is a Russian Orthodox bishop who has been Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’ and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1 February 2009.

Collectors Notes:

Date of issue:   Semptember, 24th, 2010

Designer:   Vladimir Marmiloff

Catalog number:   5

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Endemic Arctic Fox.

Endemic Arctic Fox

The endemic subspecies of arctic fox, (Alopex lagopus semenovi). These populations had been significantly depleted in the past due to the fur trade.

Collectors Notes:

Date of issue:   Semptember, 13th, 2010

Designer:   Vladimir Marmiloff

Catalog number:   4

Aleuts – Natives of The Commander Islands.

Aleut

The Aleuts (self-denomination from Aleut language allíthuh ‘community’; older or regional self-denomination Unangax̂Unangan orUnanga ‘coastal people’) are the indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, United States and Kamchatka Krai, Russia.

The name Aleut was given to the Unangan by Russian fur traders in the mid 18th century.

The homeland of the Aleuts includes the Aleutian Islands, the Pribilof Islands, the Shumagin Islands, and the far western part of the Alaska Peninsula. During the 19th century, the Aleuts were deported from the Aleutian Islands to the Commander Islands by the Russian-American Company.

Collectors Notes:

Date of issue:   Semptember, 12th, 2010

Designer:   Vladimir Marmiloff

Catalog number:   3

Steller’s Sea Cow.

Extinct Animal

Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was a large herbivorous marine mammal. In historical times, it was the largest member of the order Sirenia, which includes its closest living relative, the dugong (Dugong dugon), and the manatees (Trichechus spp.). Formerly abundant throughout the North Pacific, its range was limited to a single, isolated population on the uninhabited Commander Islands by 1741 when it was first described by Georg Wilhelm Steller, chief naturalist on an expedition led by explorer Vitus Bering. Within 27 years of discovery by Europeans, the slow moving and easily captured Steller’s sea cow was hunted to extinction.

Collectors Notes:

Date of issue:   Semptember, 8th, 2010

Designer:   Vladimir Marmiloff

Catalog number:   2

The Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes).

 Stamps of Commander IslandsThe Northern(Winter) Wren.

In an oval Vitus Bering’s portrait

The Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), also known as the Northern Wren, is a very small bird, a member of the mainly New World wren family Troglodytidae. It is the only one of nearly sixty species in the family that occurs in the Old World; in Anglophone Europe it is commonly known simply as the Wren, and is the originator of the name. It is noteworthy among songbirds both because of its long and complex songs and because it is one of the few passerine species that has a distribution spanning both North America and Eurasia. It is also highly polygynous, an unusual mating system for passerines.

Collectors Notes:

Date of issue:   Semptember, 1st, 2010

Designer:   Vladimir Marmiloff

Catalog number:   1