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Monitor Notes: Beavers, Black History Month, League Day Speakers


Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.

It’s Superbowl Sunday this weekend! To celebrate, take a look at this Superb (burrowing) Owl. The burrowing owl is a species of special concern, with populations declining over 60 percent in the 1980s and continues to fall due to loss of habitat. Find more information on burrowing owls in the Bay Area here. There’s currently an owl wintering at César Chávez Park in Berkeley, so consider opting outside on Sunday and getting a glimpse of this Superb Owl!
Photo: Geoff Gallice, National Audobon Society


In Case You Missed It:
Empowering Youth to Take on Climate Change

“Students we work with are less worried and more empowered,” says Lil Milagro Henriquez who brings a unique approach to teaching young people about climate change. The organization she founded, Mycelium Youth Network, is named after the vast network of mycelia that connect mushrooms underground. “I saw the way mushrooms talked to and shared resources and thought, this is what I want young people to do for each other.”

Read More from Robin Meadows at the Bay Area Monitor.
Photo: Jessica Arroyo


Bay Area League Day
February 19th, 10am

Solving for Housing
The Nexus of Housing Policy and Climate Policy

Learn how leading environmental and housing advocates are coming together to create a more resilient California with nature-based solutions for how we use our land and equitably grow our cities. Hear state and regional experts discuss the housing landscape in 2022–what’s happening now and on the horizon regarding policy, legislation and housing elements, exploring critical actions being taken to increase housing affordability and availability for all, while also addressing climate challenges.

Register here, and check out the Bay Area League’s website for the full agenda

Featured Speaker:
Christopher M. Jones, Ph.D.

Chris Jones is Director of the CoolClimate Network, a university-government-industry partnership at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as faculty lecturer in the Haas School of Business, and Program Chair (12th year) of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference.

Jones is a leading expert in carbon footprint analysis, the design of behavior-based programs and regional climate policy. In 2005, he published the first comprehensive carbon footprint calculator, which accounts for the greenhouse gas emissions of all transportation, energy, food, goods and services purchased by U.S. households.  Through research, tools, education, outreach, and networking CoolClimate seeks to help shift talent and resources to the most promising climate solutions.



Black History Month

We Are Not Strangers Here
Wed-Fri, 10am-2pm

The Society of California Pioneers in San Francisco’s Presidio is holding an exhibition and education program on African-American History in rural California. Titled “We Are Not Strangers Here,” the exhibition will run until August 12th. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 2pm and is free to the public. More information here.


Domini Hoskins’ Mobile History
Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm

The San Mateo Event Center is hosting the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum for the month of February. Carolyn Hoskins founded the museum 25 years ago when her grandson, Domini, asked her, after learning about Martin Luther King Jr. in school, if there were any other famous black pople. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm, until the end of the month. Visit the museum’s website here.


Lunar New Year

Embarcadero Pop-up
February 12th and 13th, 8am-3pm

This weekend, February 12th and 13th from 8am to 3pm, affords an opportunity to support Asian American-owned businesses in San Francisco at a Lunar New Year-inspired pop-up at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Ferry Building. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the San Francisco Community Business Resources, a nonprofit that helps collaborate with small businesses and nonprofits across the city. Find out more here.



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