The Encyclopedia of Life is hosting a challenge to describe the world’s diversity of life. 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. The best descriptions will earn their writers a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

The contest details are available at http://boingboing.net/2013/04/22/armchairtaxonomist.html.