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Biography: Alonzo Beecher Brooks

A.B. Brooks leads a nature walk at Ogelbay Park (courtesy Museums of Oglebay Institute).Alonso Beecher “A.B.” Brooks (1873-1944) was West Virginia's first game warden and was best known for promoting nature education while serving as naturalist for Oglebay Park. His popular, early-morning bird walks were an educational and social occasion. Brooks founded the Brooks Bird Club and, in 1928, the Nature Leaders Training School, which became Senior Nature Camp. The Junior Nature Camp serves children ages 12 and up. (Kate Quinn for Legendary Locals of Wheeling)

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