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Armchair Taxonomist Challenge

Get in touch with your inner science writer: announcing the Armchair Taxonomist Challenge!

Humans have probably been naming things and making lists since our earliest ancestors began to separate "Stuff That Tastes Good" from "Stuff That Killed That Other Guy That One Time".

Trouble is, a lot of information about living things is hidden behind paywalls or scattered across random sources where the general public can’t easily get to it. That’s where you come in!

The Encyclopedia of Life is hosting a challenge. The goal: bring information about animals, plants, fungi, protozoa, and bacteria to the world. Contestants are asked to research and write short descriptions of some of nature's most fascinating species. Those descriptions will be reviewed by curators for inclusion in the Encyclopedia of Life. And here's the kicker: the best descriptions will earn their writers a place in history — a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is up for grabs.

Check out the contest details at BoingBoing, and visit the contest entry form to get started.

April 22, 2013 14:20

New One Species at a Time Podcast - Beetles and Moths

How much trouble can an unassuming black beetle no bigger than your fingernail be? Plenty, as we learn in this episode of One Species at a Time. Tiny stowaways like the European Gazelle beetle are arriving on container ships and wreaking havoc with native ecosystems. Long-standing pests like the gypsy moth have been joined by new exotic species that are crowding out North American fauna. Ari Daniel Shapiro journeys to the forests of Oregon to meet the beetles.

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To learn more about how to use EOL's One Species at a Time podcasts in the classroom and in broadcast media, please see our Podcast Guide for Educators or contact the EOL Learning & Education group.

April 17, 2013 15:39

Congratulations to the Winners of EOL Flickr Contest #101: "Dragons"

Congratulations to Michael Jefferies and J. Gállego, the winner and runner-up of EOL Flickr Contest #101: Dragons. Thanks to all participants for their great submissions.

The next EOL Flickr contest is Adaptations - Please compete with images that illustrate adaptations of organisms to their environment. These could be morphological or behavioral adaptations. Submissions will be open through next Monday, 22 April 2013.

The Encyclopedia of Life Images Group on Flickr is a great way to contribute images to EOL. Have a look at the group home page for instructions, and post your questions to the group discussion.

April 16, 2013 04:34

EOL on ITunesU

We have gathered together biodiversity information, videos, podcasts and educational materials and made them available through iTunes University. Have a look at EOL on iTunesU and let us know what you think!

April 08, 2013 14:30

New One Species at a Time Podcast - Seagrass

The species that was Àlex Lorente’s passion was an extraordinarily long-lived seagrass, once common along the coast of his native Spain. Tragically, Lorente himself was not to enjoy a long life: he died in 2012 at the age of 37. But his colleagues in marine conservation are working to make sure the links Lorente forged between scientists and fishermen survive, for the good of the Mediterranean that he cherished

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Subscribe to the One Species at a Time Podcast on Apple iTunes

To learn more about how to use EOL's One Species at a Time podcasts in the classroom and in broadcast media, please see our Podcast Guide for Educators or contact the EOL Learning & Education group.

April 04, 2013 14:14

Congratulations to the Winner of EOL Flickr Contest #100: "Best Shot Ever"

Congratulations to Bernard Dupont, the winner of EOL Flickr Contest #100: Best Shot Ever. Thanks to all participants for their great submissions.

The next EOL Flickr contest is Dragons - Please compete with images of "dragons" in the widest possible sense. From Komodo dragons to dragon flies to snapdragons, anything goes. Submissions will be open through next Monday, 8 April 2013.

The Encyclopedia of Life Images Group on Flickr is a great way to contribute images to EOL. Have a look at the group home page for instructions, and post your questions to the group discussion.

April 02, 2013 04:41