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.
Agile river otters are equally at home on land with webbed feet good for swimming as well as running and digging. (Courtesy of Jouko van der Kruijssen,

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.