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Sylvia Fallon, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC

Sylvia Fallon

My interest in the natural world led me to study ecology and evolutionary biology, but after all my schooling I found myself confined to the laboratory studying the arguably inconsequential minutia of blood parasites in birds.  Seeking to use my scientific background for something a little more relevant to the world, I was fortunate to be offered a position with NRDC working on endangered species issues.  Having tried my hand with a biotech company, the National Park Service and even the Environmental Protection Agency, I have a special appreciation for the type of good work done here by my colleagues at NRDC.

Recent Posts

Monarch butterflies can't wait another year - EPA needs to act now

Posted February 27, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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Last year NRDC filed a petition with EPA asking them to review the use of glyphosate (also known as Roundup) in light of its effects on monarch butterflies and to impose restrictions on its use. After more than a year,...continued

Let's not shoot the Monarch messenger: Butterflies (and critters) of all kinds need our help

Posted February 26, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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A recent opinion piece by Daniel Rubinoff argued that efforts to save the declining monarch butterfly in the US are misplaced. Chief among Rubinoff's arguments is that other species of butterflies, moths and spiders are in more critical condition and...continued

Strike Two: Developers' second shot at the coastal California gnatcatcher fails again

Posted February 20, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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The coastal California gnatcatcher - a small bird that dines on insects and mews like a kitten - lives in the distinctive coastal sage scrub habitat of southern California. This habitat, much like the bird, is highly endangered in...continued

“Butterflies fill the air”: A Guest Blog From the Monarch Reserve in Mexico

Posted February 3, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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The following is a guest blog post by Margaret Hsieh, an attorney in NRDC's New York office. Female monarch in Cerro Pelón portion of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Photo credit: Margaret Hsieh. High in the Sierra Madre mountains of...continued

Monarchs remain in trouble, even if new numbers show uptick

Posted January 26, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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Every year researchers measure the size of the population of migrating monarch butterflies who have survived to spend the winter in Mexico. For more than a decade now the population size has been dropping steadily with last year the lowest...continued

Keep Calm and Plant Milkweed

Posted January 26, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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Recently there have been a number of articles in the press about how people are planting the wrong kind of milkweed and that it's actually harming monarch butterflies. Inflammatory headlines have warned about how well intentioned people may actually be...continued

National Wolf Recovery Needs....A National Wolf Recovery Plan

Posted January 22, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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There have been numerous recent developments in the world of wolves and wolf recovery. Several months ago, a federal court returned Endangered Species Act protections to Wyoming wolves--largely due to the state's inadequate management plan, which, among other things,...continued

EPA approves new pesticide combination Enlist Duo, NRDC files suit

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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Today the EPA approved the use of a new pesticide that is a combination of both glyphosate (better known as Roundup) and 2,4 D for use on genetically engineered corn and soy.  Glyphosate, the most widely used weed killer in...continued

The Ghosts of Whitebark Pine

Posted September 23, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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Today, the Endangered Species Coalition released its annual Top 10 report – this year’s theme is Vanishing Wildlife:  the top 10 species our children may never see.  Among the species in their report is whitebark pine – the high-elevation pine...continued

Vanishing Monarch Butterflies

Posted September 23, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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Today the Endangered Species Coalition has released its annual Top 10 Report – this year’s theme is Vanishing Wildlife: the top 10 species our children may never see.   The report highlights species that have been in rapid decline and who,...continued

Unique and endangered: Why we need to protect the Gulf of Mexico's Bryde's whales now

Posted September 18, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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Until recently, scientists recognized just two subspecies of Bryde’s whales (pronounced Broo-dus) worldwide  – the Eden form and the Bryde’s form. The 30- to 50-feet baleen whales (the kind that filter food like plankton and krill through tiny hairs in...continued

From bad to worse? - NRDC tells EPA to oppose new Enlist Duo pesticide

Posted July 1, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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Earlier this year we told you about how glyphosate – commonly known as Round Up – was responsible for contributing to the dramatic decline in monarch butterflies by eliminating milkweed, the one plant the monarchs depend on to reproduce.  Round Up...continued

So get out there! Finding inspiration with Edward Abbey in Yellowstone

Posted June 3, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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Many people draw on inspirational quotes to get them through their work days.  This may sound strange, but the only quote that I have hanging up in my office for inspiration is one in which Edward Abbey reminds me not...continued

And the Pollinator Protector Award goes to...MonarchWatch's Chip Taylor

Posted May 14, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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The envelope, please…. Today, NRDC announced the winners of it’s 2014 Growing Green Awards and Chip Taylor is honored for his work to protect Monarch butterflies and other pollinators through his work with MonarchWatch.  For over 20 years Chip has...continued

Managing our highways for butterflies, not pesticides

Posted May 8, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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With news that the number of monarch butterflies is plummeting due to the use of herbicides in agriculture, people have been looking for alternative habitats to restore the butterflies’ host plant, milkweed.  NRDC has partnered with Monarch Watch to help...continued

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