Discover EOL

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Life.

EOL is a free online resource bringing together information about all life on Earth in text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

Watch an introductory video about EOL, explore our most popular features, or jump right in and get started. 

To see more videos about EOL, visit our Videos page.


Explore what EOL has to offer!

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Biodiversity articles

Biodiversity articles

Looking for a place to get started with EOL? Start with these introductory articles to learn more about life on Earth.
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Multimedia

Multimedia

Looking for a picture of a falcon in flight? Want to watch stingrays swimming in the deep seas? Curious about the call of the coqui? Explore EOL’s rich multimedia content!
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Podcasts

Podcasts

Lend an ear and discover the wonders of nature around the world and right outside your back door with EOL's One Species at a Time and other podcasts from our content partners.
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Google Earth

Google Earth

Stories of Biodiversity on the Move are EOL's Google Earth tours that give a geographical view of the biological world.
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Field Guides

Field Guides

Create customized field guides by selecting the information you want from EOL. Use them online or print out your guides in a variety of formats.
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LifeDesks

LifeDesks

Help build EOL with LifeDesks - an online, collaborative workspace for scientists and students.
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How to make observations

Observations

Let EOL and iNaturalist help you create checklists, make observations and identify the organisms you see.
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Global EOL

Global EOL

The EOL global community serves biodiversity information in multiple languages from international partners.
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Global EOL

BioBlitzes

Use EOL tools and resources to help discover biodiversity in your area.
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