Noppadol Paothong

Nature / Conservation Photographer

Noppadol Paothong is a nature/conservation photographer and has been focusing on documenting rare and endangered species. For over a decade, he has worked primarily on grassland grouse and their fragile habitat.

He is a staff wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation and contributes his images and stories to its high quality publication, Missouri ConservationistXplor, and many others. With a monthly circulation of over 500,000, the Missouri Conservationist is known as one of the largest and high quality state conservation magazines.

Board Member at the Sutton Avian Research Center: 2015 – Current

Board member of STCP (Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Ltd): 2013 – 2015

Staff Photographer, Missouri Department of Conservation: Current

Staff Photographer, Springfield News-Leader

Staff Photographer, Joplin Globe

Sage-Grouse, Icon of the West (180-page hardbound book, published in 2017)

Save the Last Dance, A Story of North American Grassland Grouse (204-page hardbound book, published in 2012)


  • Audubon Magazine, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Magazine, Ranger Rick, Sierra Club, Discovery Magazine, American Birds Conservancy, International Union for Conservation of Nature, WildEarth Guardians, Missouri Conservationist, Xplor, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Nature’s Best Photography, Birder’s World, Grouse of the World, Birding Magazine, New Jersey Audubon, Colorado Outdoors, Montana Outdoors, Montana Magazine, Missouri Prairie Journal, Missouri’s Life, North Dakota Outdoors, BioScience, Field & Stream, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, BrownTrout Publishers, Willow Creek Press, Seller’s Publication, Shooting Sportsman, Turkey Calls, Bear Hunting, Profile, Foto Info, Dog Fancy, Kansas City Star, Spokesmen-Review, Washington Post


Missouri Department of Conservation Magazine Covers & Articles