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THOMAS GILBERT PEARSON was one of the founding fathers of the conservation movement in the United States. Pearson was also one of the first members of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then called the State Normal and Industrial College), and he took his biology classes to Peabody Park from the time of the Park’s founding in 1901. While he was a member of the faculty he established the first Audubon Society chapter in North Carolina, and he later went on to become a founder and president of the National Association of Audubon Societies (now called the National Audubon Society, and one of the leading conservation organizations in the world).
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