You may wish to simply collect pictures of pretty birds, or you may wish to assemble a definitive list of endangered species of Costa Rica. Whatever your goal, EOL Collections give you the ability to gather together the pieces of EOL that are of greatest interest to you into a “virtual collection” you can name, annotate and share.
EOL Collections are linked to the EOL Taxon Pages associated with the items they contain. In this way, every time you explore EOL you can discover the many contexts in which EOL members have chosen to organize life.
A great way to learn what EOL Collections are all about is to browse the many existing EOL Collections available to you already.
It’s easy to create an EOL Collection. Simply click on the “add to a collection” button on any EOL Taxon Page. You will be presented with the choice to add to a brand new EOL Collection with a name of your choosing. You can also decide to add a collected item to one or more of your existing EOL Collections, your Watch List, and to Communities you belong to. Give it a try and see for yourself.
Visit your EOL Profile and click on the Collections tab to access a list of all of your EOL Collections. Click on the name of one of your EOL Collections to review and edit its contents.
You have a lot of control over each of your EOL Collections:
- You can add annotations to each item in an EOL Collection by clicking the “edit annotation” link under each item.
- To move one or more items to another EOL Collection, select the ones you wish to move and click the “move” button. This will remove them from the current EOL Collection and place them in the EOL Collection(s) you choose. You can select all items by using the drop-down box near the “move” button. All annotations associated with the items you move will be preserved.
- To copy items to another EOL Collection, select the ones you wish to copy and click the “copy” button. This will copy them to the EOL Collection(s) you choose. You can select all items by using the drop-down box near the “copy” button. All annotations associated with the items you copy will be preserved.
- If you try to move or copy an item to another EOL Collection that already includes it, you will get an error message. We want to make sure you’re not deleting all of the wonderful annotations you may have created in those other EOL Collections!
- To remove items from a collection, select the ones you wish to delete and click the “remove” button.
- Click on the “edit collection details” button to change your EOL Collection’s name, add or edit a description, set its sorting direction and choose a default image. This image will be associated with this particular EOL Collection everywhere it appears in EOL, so choose wisely.
If you discover an EOL Collection that belongs to another EOL Member that you wish to copy and edit, either wholly or in part, select some or all of the items in that EOL Collection and click the “copy” button. This will copy those items to the EOL Collection(s) you choose. Please note none of the annotations will be copied, just the items themselves.
Make a Game, Field Guide or Species Observation Checklist with your EOL Collection
You can use your own customized EOL collections (or any collection on EOL) to create games, field guides and more. Click on the links below to learn how to get started.
An Observational Checklist (with help from our partner iNaturalist.org)