(New and Improved) Memory Game from the Encyclopedia of Life!


This is the classic game of Memory – remember where you saw a species and try to find its match! There is also a quiz that challenges you to match species names with the pictures.

Try one of our marine focused memory games by visiting http://fieldguides.eol.org/memory/ and look under “Featured Games”

You’ll see some changes with the latest update to Memory… in addition to speed improvements, you can now also play against Elephas, the computer with a good memory. Good luck!

Black-tailed prairie dogs podcast

Black-tailed prairie dogs

Cynomys ludovicianus

Over the past century the grasslands of northern Mexico have been taken over by shrubby mesquite and turned to desert. Ecologist Gerardo Cellabos is on a mission to turn them back. Can he restore an entire prairie ecosystem? Cellabos hopes he can, with the help of an unlikely ally. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports from Chihuahua.

Image Credit:  Arthur Chapman, Flickr: EOL Images. CC BY-NC-SA

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EOL Podcasts are hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro. Brought to you by the Encyclopedia of Life and Atlantic Public Media.

Hedgehogs, Swifts, Glow-worms

What can species as different as a hedgehog, a swift, and a glow-worm possibly have in common? To find out, we journey to southwest England. We’ll join two naturalists on a walk through the heart of Exeter, a city known more for its football club and cathedral than for its wildlife. You may be surprised at what we find.

Image Credit: Piotr Halas, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA

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Lion Podcast

Does the mane really make the lion? Certainly, luxurious locks are the feature that sets Panthera leo apart from the other large cats. But surprisingly, not all male lions have manes. And back in the early Pleistocene, manes covered more of the lion than just the head.

Ari Daniel Shapiro speaks with archivist Connie Rinaldo of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Harvard University and curator of mammals Bruce Patterson of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History to learn about the diversity of lions in the distant past and the challenges they face in the present.

Image Credit: H. Vannoy Davis, CalPhotos, California Academy of Sciences. CC BY-NC-SA

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The Corpse Flower Podcast

Corpse Flowers

Let’s face it—when you think of charismatic megaflora, chances are you have in mind something majestic, like a towering Sequoia, or something ancient, like a Joshua tree. But a plant with a four-foot stalk that smells like a cross between rotting stinky cheese and animal feces? This week’s podcast takes us to a sacred island off the coast of Madagascar, where an intrepid botanist braved fever and worse to bring a specimen of this unlikely botanical superstar back alive. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports.

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About the Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative effort among scientists and the general public to bring information together about all 1.9 million named and known species, in a common format, freely available on the internet. Learn more at www.eol.org.


Arctic Tern Google Earth Tour

The arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) makes an incredible migration each year. These small birds travel distances of more than 50,000 miles, from pole to pole, crossing through temperate and tropical regions along the way. Carsten Egevang used geo-locator tags to track some of these terns, and he shares their story with us in this tour.

The Arctic Tern Google Earth Tour is narrated by Ari Daniel Shapiro. Produced byAtlantic Public Media and Eduardo Garcia Milagros.

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Shell Podcast

Ari Daniel Shapiro joins the serious beachcombers along the high-tide line of Sanibel Island, Florida. These “shellers” come in search of beautiful sea shells, sometimes no bigger than a grain of rice, that are the remains of marine snails, bivalves, and other mollusks. Along the way, Ari learns why Sanibel’s shores are so rich in molluscan treasure, and how shelling has captured the imaginations of scientists and enthusiasts alike.

Photo Credit: The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

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Ediacaran Fossils Podcast

Photo Credit: Phoebe A. Cohen

When the cod fishery collapsed in Newfoundland in the early 1990s, the hopes of the local fish harvesters collapsed with it. Hundreds of Newfoundlanders moved away and businesses that depended on the cod fishery closed. But retired schoolteacher Kit Ward of Portugal Cove South wasn’t content to watch her community vanish with the cod. She and some friends teamed up to find a solution that was right under their feet, in the reddish rocks of Mistaken Point.

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Learn more about Ediacaran Fossils at the Advent of Complex Life and on the Encyclopedia of Life.

This podcast was funded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Muskox Podcast

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo Credit:U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

There’s a chill in the air this week as we travel to a mountain range in Norway in search of muskoxen, Ice Age survivors that once roamed the far north alongside the woolly mammoth. Introduced to Norway from Greenland in the 1940s, muskoxen flourished on these cool, dry slopes until 2006, when the seemingly healthy animals began to die. Ari Daniel Shapiro investigates the muskox mystery.

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Learn more about muskox on the Encyclopedia of Life.

Water Hyacinth Podcast

Water Hyacinth

Photo Credit: Jan Ševčík, BioLib.cz

It may have pretty purple flowers, but Eichhornia crassipes is a green menace. Introduced to Africa from the neotropics, this invasive weed is choking Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake. Water hyacinth has carpeted vast stretches of the lake, fouling fishing nets and blocking harbors. Ari Daniel Shapiro teams with reporter in the field, Gastive Oyani, to speak with local fishermen and botanist Helida Oyieke. They learn how the lake and the lives of the people who depend on it are responding to this weedy challenge.

Learn more about water hyacinth and meet Dr. Oyieke on the Learning + Education section of the Encyclopedia of Life.


Explore the diversity of life—with One Species at a Time, a podcast series from the Encyclopedia of Life.