The Encyclopedia of Life – An Online Must-See

And this is where I've spent much of my online time these days...

 

Recently I was watching a PBS special (Lord of the Ants), and it was mentioned that Naturalist E.O. Wilson had started a website that he hopes will eventually include every type of living thing on the planet.  Massive project?  You bet!  That’s why I had to go see for myself.  So as soon as I finished watching the show, I was at the computer checking out the Encyclopedia of Life (www.eol.org).  And now you may guess where the rest of my evening went…

The Encyclopedia of Life is not only fascinating, it’s surprisingly simple and easy to use.  I found it was a very straightforward way to, say, search for the plants and herbs I’ve been studying with the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.  The maps are great for finding whether or not a plant or animal lives in my area.  And most items have at least one photo, sometimes dozens.

I just wanted to share my discovery with you, because this would make an excellent resource for kids and their school projects, as well as for parents.  Boy, do I wish I’d had something like this for that 6th grade Birds of Michigan report!

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