202 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour maps
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 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. Save the Last Dance fosters knowledge and understanding of these spectacular birds and their diminishing habitats so future generations, too, can marvel at their grace and beauty.
Save the Last Dance 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.
"[...] Save the Last Dance: A Story of North American Grassland Grouse is one of the best popular treatments of a group of birds that I’ve seen. Judged strictly on its own merit, it’s a frontrunner for best bird book of the year. But when you add in its potential for impacting the conservation of these endangered birds, it becomes – and 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."
- Grant McCreary (22-11-2012), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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
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Noppadol Paothong has been photographing wildlife for more than 18 years. His focus has been on rare and endangered species, and for the past 11 years he has worked primarily on grassland grouse and their fragile habitat. He is a staff wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Joel Vance worked for 22 years as an award-winning news and magazine writer for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He has published eight print books and two e-books. He has been awarded all three of the top honors bestowed by the Outdoor Writers Association of America – one of only three members in the history of the organization to be so honored.
Paul Johnsgard is a renowned ornithologist, artist and emeritus professor at the University of Nebraska. His works include nearly fifty books including several monographs, principally about the waterfowl and cranes. He is considered one of the most prolific authors of ornithology books.