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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free online resource bringing together information about all life on Earth including text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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