About the Book
A new book by award-winning photographer, Noppadol Paothong, and noted outdoor writer, Joel M. Vance, strives to rescue grassland grouse from the brink of extinction by showing the world what it stands to lose if these species are allowed to disappear forever.
This 204-page hardbound book, Save the Last Dance – A Story of North American Grassland Grouse, captures the dazzling beauty of seven grouse species whose populations are diminishing across the prairies and plains of America – and one species that has already lost its battle for survival.
Fortunately, many conservation groups have championed the cause of grassland grouse.
But will it be too little, too late?
The birds can be saved if enough people care. The book fosters knowledge and understanding of these spectacular birds and their diminishing habitats so future generations, too, can marvel at their grace and beauty.
The book covers the following species: Heath Hen, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken, Greater Sage-Grouse, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, and Sharp-tailed Grouse, along with conservation efforts to save these species.
Photography, Preface and Field Notes by Noppadol Paothong
Story by Joel M. Vance
Foreword by Paul A. Johnsgard
Table of Contents
Chapter 1, Like Smoke into Wind: The Heath Hen
Chapter 2, Prairie Gold: The Greater Prairie-Chicken
Chapter 3, Vanishing Citizens of the Plains: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken
Chapter 4, The Brink of Extinction: The Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken
Chapter 5, A Sense of Wonder: The Greater Sage-Grouse
Chapter 6, Bird of Grace and Spirit: The Gunnison Sage-Grouse
Chapter 7, Children of the Sagebrush Steppe: The Sharp-tailed Grouse
Chapter 8, Saving the Last Dance: Conservation Efforts
Preface, Noppadol Paothong
“I hope this book will be a window for people to glimpse the life and beauty of these extraordinary species – the birds that I have come to care so much about during the past 10 years of photographing them.
Through this journey, I’ve grown to appreciate even a breeze on a prairie. I believe and hope. If a person like me – who grew up in a city on a continent 10,000 miles away – can fall in love with these birds, anybody can. If only they get to know them.”