MDC Runge Nature Center presents “Sage Grouse, Icon of the West” with Noppadol Paothong Dec. 14

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) presents a special opportunity to learn more about sage grouse with accomplished staff photographer Noppadol Paothong.

Paothong has spent 11 years braving the elements in the American West and Midwest, documenting these dramatic birds in all seasons. His captivating images tell a little-known story about the species’ connection to human culture, and uncertain future as its habitat shrinks.

This FREE event is open to all ages and will take place 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.

Paothong will showcase his new book, Sage Grouse, Icon of the West with a slide show and stories from his journey in documenting these extraordinary birds. At the conclusion of the event, Paothong will offer to sign copies of his book and answer questions from attendees.

Just a century ago, the sage grouse flourished with an estimated 16 million birds across many states and several Canadian provinces. Over the last few decades, sage grouse population has diminished drastically. Today, fewer than 400,000 remain, with an uncertain future.

The Runge Nature Center offers this program in partnership with River Bluffs Audubon. For more information, call Runge Nature Center at (573) 526-5544.