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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

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

Posted July 1, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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

Pollinators find a home at the White House

Posted April 7, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This past week Michelle Obama held her sixth annual White House garden planting.  Each year the first lady has welcomed kids from local schools to help her plant fruits and vegetables and talk about healthy eating. This year Michelle Obama...continued

Ensuring Yellowstone Grizzly bears are secure - now and in the future

Posted February 28, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A new study by the Interagency Team in charge of grizzly bears will be out soon that suggests that although the growth of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population has slowed it is nonetheless still increasing.  This paper is in response...continued

As monarch butterflies plummet, it's time to rethink the widespread use of our nation's top weedkiller

Posted February 24, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today NRDC is calling on EPA to re-examine the widespread use of glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, in light of its impacts on monarch butterflies.  Glyphosate was last approved by EPA in 1993 before the adoption of genetically modified crops that...continued

Monarch butterfly population hits a new low

Posted January 29, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The number of monarch butterflies that migrates across the United States each year and overwinters in the forests of Mexico has dropped to an all-time low.  News out of Mexico this morning puts the population at 33.5 million individuals. Although the...continued

When it comes to grizzly bear recovery, show us the data

Posted December 19, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, the committee in charge of overseeing grizzly bear recovery in the Lower 48 unanimously recommended that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service move forward with a proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears in the...continued

Groundhog's day for the Preble's meadow jumping mouse?

Posted December 11, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Several years ago the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, a threatened species that lives along the Rocky Mountain’s front range, skyrocketed to fame when a genetic study suggested that it may not actually qualify as a distinct subspecies and should therefore...continued

Give a gift of beauty -- plant milkweed this holiday season

Posted December 3, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Monarch butterflies are one of the great wonders of the natural world.   Tiny and seemingly fragile, these beautiful insects make an incredible journey each year from the forests of Mexico across the US to Canada and back again over the...continued

NRDC calls on EPA to join the EU ban on bee harming pesticides

Posted December 2, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today in an ad running in the New York Times and six other major news outlets, NRDC is joining with a coalition of partners to call on the EPA to impose a moratorium on harmful pesticides that are contributing to...continued

All Eyes on Wolves - and the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted October 1, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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 In August, the Fish and Wildlife Service made news by trying to exclude certain scientists from peer reviewing their proposed rule  removing endangered species protections for wolves across most of the US.  As a scientist who works to ensure that...continued

Stacking the science? Fish and Wildlife Service's gray wolf peer review process

Posted August 8, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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I am currently at a scientific conference where I just gave a talk on the importance of scientists engaging in the public process through which the government uses scientific information to inform policy. In addition to working on such policy...continued

Up or down? New research shows Yellowstone grizzly bears have an uncertain past and future

Posted June 24, 2013 by Sylvia Fallon in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Since Yellowstone grizzly bears were first listed on the Endangered Species Act back in 1973, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has monitored the population and concluded that the number of bears has steadily increased from 200 to now around...continued

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