Species Cards

Compare and learn facts and figures about organisms with EOL Species Cards. Students can collect cards or play games to learn about classification and adaptations. Decks have been made for specific locations, projects or taxonomic groups. View cards online or download to print. See below to find ideas for games and lesson plan activities using Species Cards. Let us know what kinds of species cards you'd like to see on EOL!

Featured Decks

All Decks

  • Andorra add verts

    Andorran Pyrenees

    Additional Vertebrates

    Beyond small mammals and passerine birds, this deck explores the threats, adaptability, and population trends of 19 other vertebrate species in the Pyrenees.

  • Andorra fungi

    Andorran Pyrenees

    Fungi

    Explore the traits of 17 diverse species of fungi that thrive high in the Pyrenees mountains of Andorra.

  • Andorra plants

    Andorran Pyrenees

    Plants

    Explore the climate responses of 36 alpine plants surveyed as part of the Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees Earthwatch Institute project.

  • Andorra passerines

    Andorran Pyrenees

    Passerine Birds

    Explore how 13 passerine bird species may respond to effects of climate change in the Pyrenees mountains.

  • Andorra small mammals

    Andorran Pyrenees

    Small Mammals

    Learn the threats and adaptability of 12 small mammals including mice, voles, shrews, and the fascinating desman in the face of a changing montane climate.

  • Andorra snowbed

    Andorran Pyrenees

    Snowbed Plants

    Learn about the threats, adaptability, and population trends of 20 plants found in snowbeds, or alpine areas where snow melts very slowly.

  • Aquatic insects

    Aquatic Insects

    Learn about 10 aquatic insects, their individual characteristics and what juveniles and adults eat. Vocabulary card included.

  • Bioblitz common

    BioBlitz

    Common Animal Groups

    Sixteen higher order animal cards (class and phylum) introduce common groups of organisms and provide fun facts and vocabulary.

  • Earthwatch

    Earthwatch

    California Urban Tree Program

    This 10 card deck supports the Earthwatch Urban Resiliency Program, which aims to understand the cooling benefit of trees in the greater Los Angeles, CA region.

  • Mt auburn amphibians reptiles

    Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Amphibians and Reptiles

    Explore ten species found in Mount Auburn Cemetery, an important urban habitat in Cambridge, MA. This deck covers the climate change responses of these species.

  • New england rocky

    New England

    Boston Harbor Rocky Intertidal

    Learn about the Boston Harbor Rocky Intertidal habitat of New England through this 13 species deck.

  • Ecocolumn

    New England

    EcoColumn

    EcoColumns are small-scale models used to learn about ecosystems. Adaptation and energy source information is available for these 10 species.

  • Ne urban

    New England

    Urban Habitat Adaptations

    Here are 26 species commonly found in New England urban habitats with information about biological and physical adaptations as well as energy sources.

  • Ne vernal

    New England

    Vernal Pools

    This 50 species deck provides an in-depth look at organisms found in and around New England vernal pools and includes adaptations and energy sources.

  • Ne wright farm

    New England

    Wright Farm

    This deck highlights 15 common organisms found on mixed-use conservation land near Boston, MA, USA. Learn about adaptations and energy sources for these species.

  • Okaloosa adapt

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Adaptations

    This deck contains physical and behavioral adaptations, predators, and prey of 52 species found in natural and urban habitats in Okaloosa County, FL.

  • Okaloosa bio

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Biodiversity

    This 28 species deck is designed for classroom activities in classification, ecology, and adaptations. Visit the lesson plans page for activities that use these Species Cards and others.

  • Okaloosa coastal

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Coastal Uplands

    Explore the surprising biodiversity of sand dunes with these 37 plants and animals that make up a coastal uplands food web.

  • Okaloosa common amphibians

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Amphibians

    This deck explores the fascinating life cycles and adaptations of 32 amphibian species in the Florida panhandle, an amphibian biodiversity hotspot.

  • Okaloosa birds

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Birds

    Learn about the traits, nesting habits, migration, and physical adaptations for 30 common bird species that live in southeastern USA.

  • Okaloosa common invertebrates

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Invertebrates

    Learn about 41 common invertebrates from the southeastern U.S. Invertebrates are animals without a backbone, like worms, arthropods, and mollusks.

  • Okaloosa mammals

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Mammals

    Explore the adaptations, predators, and prey for 22 common mammals of Okaloosa County, located in the Florida panhandle.

  • Okaloosa plants

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Plants

    Explore how 28 plants have adapted to life along the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle through this deck that accompanies the Plant Classification activity.

  • Okaloosa common reptiles

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Reptiles

    Learn about the biodiversity and adaptations of 35 lizards, snakes, turtles, and alligators that live in the Florida panhandle, one of the most diverse areas for reptiles.

  • Okaloosa common schoolyard

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Common Schoolyard Species

    Learn about 48 of the most common species of animals, plants, and fungi that have been observed by students at Schoolyard BioBlitzes in the Florida panhandle.

  • Okaloosa emammal

    Okaloosa County, FL

    eMammal Camera Trap Species

    Caught in the act! This deck contains 23 species captured on motion sensing camera traps for the Smithsonian’s eMammal citizen science program.

  • Okaloosa freshwater

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Freshwater Forested Wetlands

    Explore the fascinating biodiversity of swampy freshwater forested wetlands with 50 organisms that interact in this system.

  • Okaloosa hardwood

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Hardwood Forested Uplands

    This deck contains 47 species that live and interact in the diverse hardwood forests of the Florida panhandle.

  • Okaloosa pine

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Pines — Sandhill Habitats

    This deck includes 39 species that interact in food webs in the iconic Southeastern USA longleaf pine ecosystem, with geographic ranges for each organism.

  • Okaloosa turtles

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Sea Turtles

    This deck contains the ranges, nesting habitats, and conservation information for the 7 sea turtle species of the world. All are vulnerable or endangered.

  • Okaloosa urban

    Okaloosa County, FL

    Urban Habitats

    This deck covers 36 species that thrive in urban habitats of the Florida panhandle. It includes geographic ranges of native and introduced species.

  • Sea turtles

    Sea Turtles of the World

    Species and Conservation

    This deck contains the ranges, nesting habitats, and seasons for the seven sea turtle species of the world. All seven species are vulnerable or endangered.

How to Use Species Cards

Build Food Chains

Explore different food web roles: primary producers, consumers (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, apex predator, scavenger), decomposers/detritivores. Have students read about energy sources on cards and from other sources, and use the information to build food chains, and overlapping food chains to build food webs.

Explore Adaptations

Some card decks contain information on physical and behavioral adaptations of animals, as well as information about adaptations for growth and development of plants and fungi.

Classify Organisms

Sort cards into different groups based on characteristics. Cards are color-coded for fungi, plants, and major animal groups. Students can start at a high taxonomic level and separate cards by kingdom, phylum, etc. They can observe similarities and differences among species within a group (birds, mammals, flowering plants).

Create Your Own Cards

Print out our blank cards template and have students or participants make their own cards from something they observe in the field or create their own creatures.

Example newt
Example species card
Example key
Species card key
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Delta WSR by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management via Flickr CC-BY