Sharol Nelson-Embry is the Supervising Naturalist at the Crab Cove Visitor Center & Aquarium on San Francisco Bay in Alameda. Crab Cove is part of the East Bay Regional Park District, one of the largest and oldest regional park agencies in the nation. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Natural Resources Management and an epiphany that connecting kids with nature was her destiny. She's been rooted in the Bay Area since 1991 after working at nature centers and outdoor science schools around our fair state. She loves the great variety of habitats stretching from the Bay shoreline to the redwoods, lakes, and hills. Sharol enjoys connecting people to nature with articles in local newspapers and online forums.
Sharol Nelson-Embry's Latest Posts
The city of Martinez turned its creek flooding problem into a downtown asset and gained some famous beavers in the process. Learn how beavers benefit the creek ecosystem and where you can see them at the Martinez Regional Shoreline.
These charismatic critters draw a lot of attention and are thriving in local creeks, lakes and estuaries.The River Otter Ecology Project is working on the first-ever population assessment of these animals throughout the Bay Area.
Learn about the legacy of former local conservationist Elsie Roemer and the marshland shorebirds sanctuary named in her honor in Alameda.
Male California tarantulas are now roaming through the Bay Area looking for love. Find out more about where you can see them, what they're doing and what dangers they face from naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.
Sea otters once inhabited the San Francisco Bay. Learn about a new study at Elkhorn Slough that holds some hope for re-establishing otters in our estuary someday.
Terns can be found in the Bay Area year round, but they're not all the same species. Learn more about the diversity of tern populations that visit us.
Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda is set to be replenished in a long-awaited project to replace sand lost in high storm years. Learn about the beach and sand mining in San Francisco Bay.
Bats help humans by eating insects that annoy us, carry disease and impact our agricultural operations. But they're often misunderstood and feared by the general public. Learn how the East Bay Regional Park District and kids are helping bats by providing shelter to local bat populations.
A group of hikers recently gathered at Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve for a Tuesday Twilight walk, part of a summer series offered by the naturalists at the East Bay Regional Park District. The fog rolled uphill from the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Bay, cooling the air and cutting off the top of Mount Diablo […]
A pair of bald eagles is nesting at Lake Chabot in the East Bay. For the second year, they've raised a chick there, and it's still possible to see the eagles and their nest near the lake.
Orphaned egret and heron chicks were successfully raised and released in Santa Rosa, CA. Find out more about their story.
Redwoods in the East Bay hills have a long history with roots that run back centuries. Researchers gathered to share their knowledge about their history and how Climate Change projections might affect their future.
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are nesting in Alameda and have been observed using tools.