Taim Ecological Station
Estação Ecológica do Taim, Brazil
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The Taim Ecological Station, administered by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), having an area of 33,815 hectares (83,600 acres). It is located in a narrow land strip between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lagoa Mirim—Merín Lagoon. The objective is to prerserve one of the main coastal ecosystems in the country, as well as to allow for scientific studies conducted by institutions and universities. The Ecological Station and nature preserve was created in 1978.
Taim Ecological Station is located in part of the Rio Grande and Santa Vitória do Palmar municipalities, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The BR-471 road crosses the reserve in the longitudinal direction, where the entrance to the ecological station is located.
The coastal plateau in Rio Grande do Sul features areas of great value in the environment of the extreme south of Brazil and has formed as a result of the advance and retreat of the sea. The Taim wetlands contains diverse ecosystems, in lagunal and marine beaches, lagoons, swamps, grasslands and dune ranges and fields.
Due to its diverse ecosystems, many species of animals, such as Rufous Hornero, turtles, tuco-tucos, capybaras, coypus, broad-snouted caimans and a considerable amount of birds are found here.
The flora is also very diverse, featuring Ficus, Erythrina crista-galli, Tibouchina, orchids, bromelia, cacti, rushes and water hyacinths.
Coordinates: 32°32′S 52°32′W / 32.54°S 52.54°W / -32.54; -52.54
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