Noppadol Paothong is a staff nature/wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and his images appear in MDC’s monthly publication, Missouri Conservationist, and many other publications. His main focus is to document rare and endangered species. More specifically, he has dedicated himself to photographing and increasing people’s awareness of grassland grouse and their fragile habitats for over a decade.
Noppadol has received numerous prestigious awards, including Picture of the Year (International), National Wildlife Federation; Nature’s Best Photography Award, National Audubon Society; multiple awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America; and Missouri Photojournalist of the Year. His photos have also appeared in many national publications, including National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Audubon Magazine, Birder’s World,Nature Conservancy, American Birds Conservancy, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, WildEarth Guardians, Field & Stream, and many more.
He recently published an award-winning book on North American grassland grouse, Save the Last Dance – A Story of North American Grassland Grouse, which he had worked on for over a decade. This 204-page hardbound book captures the dazzling beauty of seven grouse species whose populations are diminishing across the prairies and plains of North America. The book received a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. For more information on this book, refer to www.savethelastdancebook.com.