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Maggie Sergio
My background is diversified having spanned the world of hi-tech, gourmet tea, IPM and wildlife conservation. A seasoned African traveler and volunteer with Nikela. My goal in life is simple: "To Make a Difference"

Entries by Maggie Sergio

AB 2596 - California Taking Steps to Ban Our Modern Day DDT

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 10:46 PM

In 1962, Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, first brought global attention to the devastating impacts of DDT and other pesticides to human health, wildlife and our environment. Rachel Carson's revolutionary work, which led to the EPA banning DDT, was instrumental in giving birth to the modern environmental...

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'God Will Give Me Justice'

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:59 PM

When I hear the words chosen for the title of this article, I think of retired bio-chemist and high school chemistry teacher Blaine Malquist. This famous quote from The Count of Monte Cristo was used by the 68-year-old grandfather as he described to me his battle with the...

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Jessica's Haven & Rescue: Special People, Special Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Two best friends, a very special girl named Jessica, and dogs desperately in need of homes. This is the foundation for Jessica's Haven & Rescue, a small non-profit business making a huge difference in the lives of a handful of special needs adults, some of whom function at...

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New Zealand 100% Pure: Shattering the Illusion of Green, Clean & Pristine

(209) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Soon after my article, The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The "Con" in Conservation was published by Huff Post in January, I began to receive emails from New Zealand. After my second article was published in May, more emails followed and I began a dialogue with...

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The Farallon Islands, USFWS, and Island Conservation's Tax-free Government Contracts

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:26 AM

By the time you read this article, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) signed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, retired USFWS Biologist Sonce DeVries, and me will have been delivered to U.S. Fish & Wildlife in Washington DC. You can find a copy of...

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The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The 'Con' in Conservation

(6) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 8:02 AM

I first heard the term "island eradication" back in 2011, when a colleague sent me an email that contained a project scoping notice from U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS), San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This public notice announced a non-native mouse eradication project for...

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Corporate Colonialism: Pesticides, GMOs and Kauai Fights Back

(7) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:29 AM

The citizens of Kauai are taking back their power, and it is spectacular to witness. Since my first article on Kauai's battle to protect public health and the environment against covert and excessive pesticide use, a revolution on the Garden Island has started. Unlike the well-publicized revolutions happening...

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Bringing Eric Home

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 9:22 AM

After two years and four months in a hospital bed, my friend Eric Mies would really like to go home.

Before sharing with you why Eric has been in the hospital for over two years, I would first like to tell you a bit about him.

I first met...

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GMO & Pesticide Experiments in Hawaii: Part 2, Kauai's Right to Know

(44) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 6:09 PM

On July 31, 2013, there will be a public hearing on the island of Kauai that has no precedent. This hearing comes a month after the first reading of Draft Bill 2491 on June 26th of this year. Since the introduction of this pesticide safety bill, the Garden...

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GMO & Pesticide Experiments in Hawaii: The Poisoning of Paradise

(657) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 11:19 AM

The tropical paradise of Hawaii is on the bucket list of many. Peaceful images of white sandy beaches, warm tropical waters and the welcoming spirit of Aloha is what draws tourists from around the globe. In 2012, Hawaiian tourism hit an all-time high. Visitors spent a record of $14.3 billion...

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Scott Law: A Master of His Guitar

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 10:05 PM

This is not my usual Huffington Post blog article. For the loyal and few that follow me, you probably have noticed that the majority of my posts have been about an environmental issue that I have a strong opinion on. With previous writings, I make an attempt to raise awareness...

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An Open Letter to CA Governor Jerry Brown. Please Help Stop the Killing of the Petaluma Swallows by CalTrans

(24) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:18 PM

An open letter to California Governor Jerry Brown. For background details on how we got here, why I'm begging the Governor of California to step in and stop the animal cruelty please read "The Failure to Protect Federally Protected Birds."

CalTrans and their subcontractor,...

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The Failure to Protect Federally Protected Birds

(21) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 8:40 AM

Cliff swallows are remarkable birds that migrate thousands of miles every year from South America to California to breed and raise their young at sites they have used for decades. The Swallows of San Juan Capistrano are among the most famous birds in literature, and their return every year to...

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Astounding Acts of Arrogance From the Makers of d-Con, Reckitt Benckiser

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 8:07 AM

On January 30, 2013, the EPA announced a long overdue and highly anticipated decision when they issued their "Final Notice of Intent to Cancel" to Reckitt Benckiser. The filing of this notice comes after Reckitt Benckiser's (maker of d-Con) refusal to comply with the EPA's request to modify...

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Peet's Coffee & Tea and the Next DDT

(17) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 8:46 AM

On June 23, 2012 Peet's Coffee & Tea (NASDAQ: PEET) announced a proposed business deal that broke my heart, and the hearts of many involved in issues of child safety and wildlife conservation. As a loyal customer and huge fan of Peet's, and everything this San Francisco Bay Area company...

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Makers of Banned Rat Poisons Ignore the EPA

(13) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Bill Daniels, president of United Markets in Marin County. I first met Bill in 2005 and have always been impressed by his dedication and commitment to the county and people of Marin. In talking with Bill last week,...

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Baboon Woman: The Story of a Gentle Powerhouse

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 3:49 PM

I heard gunfire as my friend and I walked past a farm on a dirt road about 300 yards from her home. It was a sunny Tuesday morning on March 26th of this year. We had ventured out for an early morning walk with her three dogs. The last thing...

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The Proposal to Poison a Wildlife Refuge

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 9:47 PM

About a week and half ago it came to my attention that US Fish & Wildlife Service is considering the aerial spraying of one of the most deadly poisons to wildlife, brodifacoum, as part of the South Farallon Islands Non-native Mouse Eradication project. The aerial disbursement of loose...

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The Story of Penny, a Hummingbird, and the Power of Saint Francis

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 9:21 AM

It was an alarming phone call from my ex-husband Mark one September afternoon in 2003. What followed were a series of events that most find hard to believe, and if these events didn't actually happen to me, I would have a tough time believing what had transpired. This is a...

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