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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

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

Pollinators find a home at the White House

Posted April 7, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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