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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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Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change

KQED Science | April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change

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.

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Surprising New Research on Gray Whales Reveals Their Complex Relationships

KQED Science | March 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Surprising New Research on Gray Whales Reveals Their Complex Relationships

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.

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With Humpback Whales’ Baby Boom, Scientists May Revoke Endangered Species Status

KQED Science | March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

With Humpback Whales’ Baby Boom, Scientists May Revoke Endangered Species Status

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.

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Love’s For the Birds: Global Great Backyard Bird Count Begins Today

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Love’s For the Birds: Global Great Backyard Bird Count Begins Today

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.

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Protecting the Snowy Plovers Wintering on Urban Beaches

KQED Science | January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Protecting the Snowy Plovers Wintering on Urban Beaches

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.

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The Mystery of the Missing Monarch Butterflies

KQED Science | January 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

The Mystery of the Missing Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterfly populations are declining across North America and scientists are concerned. Why are Ardenwood Historic Farm's monarchs missing and where might they have gone?

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Busy Martinez Beavers Are Still Hard at Work in the Wintertime

KQED Science | December 20, 2013 | 3 Comments

Busy Martinez Beavers Are Still Hard at Work in the Wintertime

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.

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River Otters Are Thriving All Over the Bay Area

KQED Science | December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

River Otters Are Thriving All Over the Bay Area

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.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Local Conservationist Elsie Roemer

KQED Science | November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Celebrating the Legacy of Local Conservationist Elsie Roemer

Learn about the legacy of former local conservationist Elsie Roemer and the marshland shorebirds sanctuary named in her honor in Alameda.

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What’s the State of the San Francisco Estuary?

KQED Science | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

What’s the State of the San Francisco Estuary?

The 11th biennial "State of the Estuary" conference is bringing scientists, researchers and resource managers together to share their latest projects and findings next week.

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California’s Tarantulas Are on the Move During Mating Season

KQED Science | October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

California’s Tarantulas Are on the Move During Mating Season

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.

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Can Sea Otters Make a Comeback in the San Francisco Bay?

KQED Science | September 27, 2013 | 3 Comments

Can Sea Otters Make a Comeback in the San Francisco Bay?

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.

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Diverse Populations of Terns Return to the Bay Area

KQED Science | September 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

Diverse Populations of Terns Return to the Bay Area

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.

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Sand Mining in San Francisco Bay to Replenish Alameda’s Crown Beach

KQED Science | August 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sand Mining in San Francisco Bay to Replenish Alameda’s Crown Beach

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.

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Habitats for Bats: Kids Build Homes for East Bay’s Thriving Bat Population

KQED Science | August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Habitats for Bats: Kids Build Homes for East Bay’s Thriving Bat Population

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.

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Fascinating Facts About Sevengill Sharks

KQED Science | August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fascinating Facts About Sevengill Sharks

Celebrate our bay's top predators and learn about a recent study of local Sevengill Sharks.

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The Bay Area’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People Movement

KQED Science | July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Bay Area’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People Movement

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.┬áThe fog rolled uphill from the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Bay, cooling the air and cutting off the top of Mount Diablo […]

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Raptors-in-Residence: Monitoring Bald Eagles at Lake Chabot

KQED Science | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Raptors-in-Residence: Monitoring Bald Eagles at Lake Chabot

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.

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Birds Babies in Rehab: Rescued Herons and Egrets Start A New Life

KQED Science | June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Birds Babies in Rehab: Rescued Herons and Egrets Start A New Life

Orphaned egret and heron chicks were successfully raised and released in Santa Rosa, CA. Find out more about their story.

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East Bay Redwoods Symposium: A Look Back at History

KQED Science | June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

East Bay Redwoods Symposium: A Look Back at History

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.

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