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Sharol Nelson-Embry

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.

Read her previous contributions to QUEST, a project dedicated to exploring the Science of Sustainability.

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Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area

KQED Science | April 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area

After their populations plunged in the mid-20th century, bluebirds have made a comeback with help from volunteers who make and monitor nest boxes.

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River Otter Populations Are Expanding in the Bay Area

KQED Science | April 10, 2015 | 3 Comments

River Otter Populations Are Expanding in the Bay Area

River otters in the Bay Area finally have the first-ever census of their population published this year. After decades of no sign of the species, their numbers are expanding to nearly all nine counties in the Bay Area. Find out more from naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.

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Drought Hasn’t Dampened Gorgeous Bay Area Wildflowers Display

KQED Science | March 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

Drought Hasn’t Dampened Gorgeous Bay Area Wildflowers Display

The drought hasn't held back the wildflowers this year. See what's blooming in naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embrys blog.

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Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors

KQED Science | March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors

There's plenty you can do, however, to help honeybees, from observations you can make when watching pollinators to what you plant in your garden.

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Strongest Natural Material in the World Discovered: Limpet Teeth

KQED Science | February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strongest Natural Material in the World Discovered: Limpet Teeth

The strongest natural material in the world has just been discovered: limpet teeth. Learn more about how this discovery could improve our future technology and innovations through biomimicry.

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Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay

KQED Science | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay

Mystery goo in the San Francisco Bay has affected hundreds of sea birds along the East Bay shoreline. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District recounts their efforts to rescue these birds from this unidentified substance.

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10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.

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UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms

KQED Science | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms

It’s well-known that daylight length is an important migratory trigger, but a new study from UC Berkeley finds birds use infrasound, or tones lower than the normal range of human hearing, to flee bad weather.

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Bay Area Rainfall Ushers in Mating Season for Amorous Amphibians

KQED Science | December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bay Area Rainfall Ushers in Mating Season for Amorous Amphibians

Amphibians face tough times as nearly one-third of the species has already lost worldwide. Learn about our local amphibians and what the East Bay Regional Parks District is doing to protect them.

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Bay Area’s Coal Mining History at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

KQED Science | November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bay Area’s Coal Mining History at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

One-third of the world's energy use relies on the greenhouse gas-producing coal, and the United Nations released a sobering report last week about its ongoing impact on global climate change. Find out about the Bay Area's own legacy with this fuel source.

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Save the Redwood League’s Fern Watch Program Helps Monitor Climate Change

KQED Science | October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Save the Redwood League’s Fern Watch Program Helps Monitor Climate Change

How will climate change affect the redwood ecosystem, which is so dependent on summer fog and plentiful winter rain? Learn about Save the Redwoods' ongoing "Fern Watch" study from Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District.

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Restoring the Serpentine Prairie Habitat in Oakland

KQED Science | September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Restoring the Serpentine Prairie Habitat in Oakland

A highly endangered species exists on the urban edge of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. Find out what volunteers and the East Bay Regional Park District are doing to protect and restore the serpentine prairie.

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Coastal Cleanup 2014: Taming Beach Trash

KQED Science | September 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Coastal Cleanup 2014: Taming Beach Trash

Plastics provide convenience but litter our oceans and waterways. Find out about efforts to clean up our coast and inland waterways at this year's annual Coastal Cleanup and how the "bag ban" may help keep trash out of our environment.

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The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

Shorebird populations worldwide are declining, and endangered birds like the spoonbill sandpiper are facing extinction in the next five years. Learn about shorebirds who migrate to San Francisco Bay during winter months and how you can join the first annual "World Shorebirds Day" celebration.

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A Family of Bald Eagles Grows in Castro Valley

KQED Science | August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Family of Bald Eagles Grows in Castro Valley

Iconic bald eagles are capturing our hearts through nest webcams that showcase their family dramas online. Learn more about a local eagle family that fledged not one, but two young eagles this year at Lake Chabot Regional Park.

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A Tale of Two Tern Towns in the Bay Area

KQED Science | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Tale of Two Tern Towns in the Bay Area

The Bay Area hosts two large breeding colonies of endangered California least terns. Find out more about these birds and the East Bay Regional Park District's efforts to manage their populations.

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Recent Talk on Sea Level Rise Stresses Need for Acceptance and Adaptation

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recent Talk on Sea Level Rise Stresses Need for Acceptance and Adaptation

Polar ice sheets are shrinking, sea level is rising and 44% of the world's population lives within 90 miles of the sea in the coastal zone. Oceanographer John Englander's addressed these topics in a recent talk, "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: the New Normal" at the Aquarium of the Bay.

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Doctor’s Orders: More Outdoor Time For Kids

KQED Science | June 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Doctor’s Orders: More Outdoor Time For Kids

Concerned over childhood obesity, an increasing number of doctors are prescribing time outdoors. In Oakland, local parks and a children's hospital have teamed up to get more kids outside.

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Fossils Unearthed During Calaveras Dam Work near Sunol Regional Park

KQED Science | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Fossils Unearthed During Calaveras Dam Work near Sunol Regional Park

The Calaveras Dam Replacement Project has brought ancient fossils to light.

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Local and Migratory Birds Mingle in the Bay Area During Spring

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local and Migratory Birds Mingle in the Bay Area During Spring

The beginning of May is a wonderful time to go bird watching in the Bay Area, with lingering winter birds, neotropical migrants and local species all in the same region for a brief time.

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