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ON Nature Magazine Summer 2022

Media Release: June 10, 2022

Pawpaw © Lynn Smart BY-NC 2.0

The Forgotten Fruit
Few people have heard of it. Fewer still have tasted it. The pawpaw, Ontario’s mango, has a rich Indigenous history but a vulnerable future in the province.
By Jade Prévost-Manuel

The Scoop on the Buzz
The whining, chirping, whirring and buzzing of insects are indelible parts of Ontario’s summer soundscape. Here is how grasshoppers, cicadas, crickets and katydids fill backyards and meadows with song.
By Lesley Grant

What is Eating Ontario’s Forest Floors?
The earthworms that are welcome in people’s gardens are wreaking havoc on forests. How did Ontario become filled with invasive worm species?
By Patricia Hluchy

Last Word
There is no good type of disposable waste.
By Melina Damian

ON Nature, a nature and environment magazine, is published quarterly by Ontario Nature. A charity representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and more than 150 groups across the province, Ontario Nature’s mission is to protect wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement.




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Biodiversity by Another Name
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Reversal of Fortune
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Last Word
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