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Wildlife photographer to talk about grassland grouse conservation

Jackson Hole News & Guide, August 27, 2014

Not knowing he was the last of his kind, heath hen Booming Ben spent every day searching for a mate. His quest for a companion that didn’t exist ended when he vanished from the area he occupied at Martha’s Vineyard.

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Wildlife photographer to talk about grassland grouse conservation

Laramie Boomerang, August 23, 2014

“Wildlife photographer Noppadol Paothong is scheduled to talk about grouse, conservation and the stories behind the photographs in his book…”

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Images record amazing dance of the sage grouse

The Salt Lake Tribune, August 22, 2014

“… in 2001, as a newspaper photographer, he got an assignment that changed his career — shoot the spring mating ritual of a bird known as the greater prairie chicken…”

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North Idaho-trained photographer

The Spokesman-Review, May 26, 2013

“Today he uses his arsenal of lenses and talent to raise awareness for vanishing American wildlife and habitats.”

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Prairie Dances of Grassland Grouse

National Wildlife Magazine, April/May 2013 Issue

“For more than a decade, a photographer has documented the magical mating rituals of these captivating birds.”

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2012 Bird Book of the Year

The Birder’s Library

Save the Last Dance is not only gorgeous and informative, but also a force for conservation of the birds that it so lovingly portrays. To me, that earns it the title of 2012 Bird Book of the Year.”

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Saving the prairie grouse, one photo at a time

Sedalia News-Journal, November 30, 2012

“A decade ago, Noppadol Paothong began photographing the grassland-residing birds of the grouse family, from endangered greater prairie chickens in Missouri to Gunnison sage grouse of the West… ”

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Review: Save the Last Dance

The Birder’s Library

“It is one of the best popular treatments of a group of birds that I’ve seen… I don’t say this lightly – a must-buy for anyone who cares in the least for these birds. And if you know anyone who doesn’t (yet) care for these birds, this would be a great gift.”

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Photographer’s book chronicles vanishing prairie birds

The Kansas City Star, November 4, 2012

“Every picture in the book, I put my heart and soul into it,” said Paothong, but added that it’s about more than photography. “I don’t want this book to be a record of extinct species.”

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Gone Wild

Inside Columbia, September 2012 – Cover

“Award-winning local photographer Noppadol Paothong shares the story of the endangered grassland grouse.”

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Last chance to dance

Joplin Globe, August 28, 2012

“On Saturday, Paothong told his audience he felt he had used his talents as a photographer to do something he hoped would make a difference.

The rest is up to us.”

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Book an 11-year journey to capture species before extinction

Joplin Globe, August 19, 2012

“The hunt for a photograph of a Columbian sharp-tailed grouse had led Noppadol Paothong to a snow-covered field in central Wyoming…”

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Humble grouse inspires photographer Noppadol Paothong

Neosho Daily News, August 19, 2012

“A trip to a small prairie in southeastern Barton County was the inspiration that led a photographer with local roots to embark on an 11-year project that culminated in July with the release of a new book…”

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Department on mission to restore state's prairies

Columbia Daily Tribune, July 30, 2012

“After more than 70,000 miles of travel across the prairies and plains of America spanning a 10-year period, Paothong’s focus and expanded mission had become a race against time…”

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Prairie birds, book don't disappoint

Columbia Daily Tribune, July 25, 2012

A columnist, Bill Clark, wrote a nice story about the book.

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A weekly peek at an area artist

Columbia Daily Tribune, July 22, 2012

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Photographer Noppadol Paothong's book promotes habitat conservation

Missourian, July 16, 2012

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Fascinating species dwindle with prairies

Columbia Daily Tribune, July 9, 2012

Cathy Salter wrote a wonderful article about the current status of prairie chickens and about the book.

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Prairie Dancers

BirdWatching magazine, April 2012 issue.

The April 2012 issue of the BirdWatching Magazine featured my article and images on where and when to go to watch the spectacular displays of ­grouse in the spring.