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BIRDWATCHING IN ESPÍRITO SANTO

SANTA TERESA

BIRDWATCHING LOCATIONS AND CONTACT WITH NATURE

Santa Teresa is a brazilian county in the state of Espírito Santo. Its estimated population in 2007 was 20,179 residents.

The county can also be called "Espírito Santo's hummingbird", thanks to the high abundance of the bird in this location and mainly due to it being the place where the scientist Augusto Ruschi was born and raised. He was the research pioneer with hummingbirds and founder of the Biology Museum 'Professor Mello Leitão', which is located in the town. 

The county is one of the most diverse in the world and is surrounded by local mountains of the serrated region of Espírito Santo, with around 40% of its territory containing the Atlantic Forest. It is known as the first town colonized by italian immigrants in Brazil.

BIRDWATCHING LOCATIONS

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BIOLOGY MUSEUM MELLO LEITÃO

Instituto Nacional da Mata Atlântica - INMA (Museu de Biologia Professor Mello Leitão - MBML)

The zoo park is installed in an old country house called Anita, which used to belong to Augusto Ruschi’s Family. This área is located in the city centre of Santa Teresa, where you can find nomerous species of fauna and flora, including hummingbirds, squirrels, monkeys and many other gorgeous animals living freely.

The National Institute of the Atlantic Forest (INMA) is introducing a population awareness programme, which includes art/biological expositions and captive animals, present due to rescues and kept thanks to their inability of survival in the wild. This programme is receiving around 80 thousand visitors a year.

One of the main functions of the place, since its creation, is the action on scientific researches. The INMA/MBML is home to many important researches that contribute to the scientific advance related to biodiversity conservation.

QUINTA DO MENDES

Private Property

The Quinta do Mendes is part of the Calibri Circuit, situated in the county of Santa Teresa. This ciscuit has several attractions related to Eco and Agrotourism, aimed at tourists as well as at local residents.

The Quinta do Mendes is in the implementation phase of restaurants specialised in lamb and rural bed&breakfasts and is already open to  birdwatchers who want to improve their photos and make 'lifers' with essential species belonging to the Atlantic Forest. Examples include the "beija-flor rajado" and the "coruja preta".

Having an altitude of 935 meters, the Quinta has a wonderful sunset with temperatures similar to that of mountains, inviting tourists to see the sunrise and dawn in this paradise, which is located 22km of the city centre.

Caravaggio Circuit - Sítio Canaã Resort

Private nature reserve open to visitation

The Sítio Canaã Resort is located 6km from the centre of Santa Teresa, having an average altitude of 900 meters. It is a sanctuary, part of the Atlantic forest, containing numerous lakes, which provide shelter and food to the wildlife of the area, containing mainly birds.

The resort encourages scientific researchers to visit and is part of the Caravaggio circuit, a tourist attraction route containing several visitation options.

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INTERESTING SPECIES

*PICTURES TAKEN ON SITE*

(see complete list of occurrence on the specific observation pages)

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