Santos has just become the first city in Brazil to install pictures of birds in the streets and public squares. Santos is located on the southeastern coast of the country and surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, making it an ecologically important city. Experts cataloged and photographed 100 birds (30 of them endemic), of an estimated 240 local species, and then posted guides about them along public areas. The goal is to show that quality of life is directly linked to the biodiversity of the urban area. Soon, the city will provide an electronic guide to local birds to go along with the signs. The city also recently opened a birdwatching tower, a 21 meters-tall structure, in the botanical garden of the city. The tower is the first urban birdwatching tower in the country and was built in the hopes that it will bring attention to the importance of urban wildlife.
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