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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Calaveras Dam Replacement Project has brought ancient fossils to light.
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.
Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate our connection to the land and bay around us, along with the 25th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Find out more from the East Bay Regional Park District's Sharol Nelson-Embry.
Studying the important partnership between soil and plants may lead to some solutions for the ongoing problems arising from climate change. The East Bay Regional Park District's Sharol Nelson-Embry highlights a recent panel discussion in San Francisco with local soil scientists and author Kristin Ohlson on carbon sequestration.
Scientists continue to learn more about the complex relationships between Eastern and Western Pacific stocks of gray whales and fight to save the Western population as it teeters on the brink of extinction. Learn about the surprising discovery they have made using DNA and satellite tracking with naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.
Humpbacks in the North Pacific have five new populations determined by genetics and breeding locations. They may also be removed from the Endangered Species list since their overall population has rebounded.
Citizen scientists are helping to track bird species right in their own backyards. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Parks District explains how to get in on the largest global bird count this weekend.
A small flock of snowy plovers have moved to Crown Beach in Alameda this winter. Learn more about why they're threatened from Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District.