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Tools & Resources

Tools & Resources

More than just a database, EOL has powerful tools and resources that help you harness and apply the information found on EOL. Create a field guide, make observations, play a game or find an upcoming BioBlitz. Contact us with questions, comments or to let us know how you are using EOL's tools and resources.

Available EOL Tools and Resources


Podcast Series

Podcasts are a great way to discover more about species and the people who make them their life's work.
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Share Your Observations

Become an observer of nature with iNaturalist! Use the tools and community to get you started uploading photos and descriptions of species you have found.
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Field Guides

Field Guides

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

Memory Game

Play this classic memory game with your own collections and test your knowledge of species names.
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EOL Bingo!

EOL Bingo

Have fun creating and playing Bingo using EOL Collections! You can play online or print out randomized card sets.
EOL Bingo
Education LifeDesks


Help build EOL with this online, collaborative workspace.  Publish species information directly to EOL. Create engaging and motivating class assignments using an Education LifeDesk.
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BioBlitz Resources

Find upcoming bioblitzes that might be near you. Or use our resources to organize your own!
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EOL on iTunesU

EOL has organized biodiversity information, videos, podcasts and educational materials and made these resources available through iTunes University.
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Identification Resources

Identification can be difficult, so we've gathered several resources and on-line tools to help with this important task.
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Observer Cards

Biodiversity Heritage Library

BHL serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
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Observer Cards

Observer Cards

Learn more about the art and science of observing nature with these informative card sets.
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Use the growing set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to build applications with EOL content.
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Become an explorer with M-EOL, discovering different plant and animal species by travelling around the world!
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EOL Tools Under Development

Ecosystem Explorer

Ecosystem Explorer

Build an ecosystem of species interactions starting with an EOL Collection. This tool provides a way to visually explore the relationships among species.
Ecosystem Explorer