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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize District

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Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary is a protected area in Belize. It is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance. It was designated as a waterfowl habitat on April 22, 1998 under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. During Belize’s dry season many resident and migratory birds find refuge in the lagoons. The sanctuary contains16,400 acres of lagoons, creeks, log wood swamps, broad leaf forest and pine savanna, home to hundreds of species of wildlife. The Sanctuary protects globally endangered species including the Central American River Turtle, Mexican Black Howler Monkey, and Yellow-headed Parrot.The Jabiru stork is Crooked Tree’s most famous resident. Belize has the largest nesting population of these great birds in all of Central America. Jabiru storks arrive in November to nest in the lowland pine savannas. Two pairs of Jabiru storks are known to nest within the Sanctuary. After the young fledge, in April and May, the birds from the northern and central parts of Belize congregate at Crooked Tree Lagoons. When the rains come, the birds leave to return again the following November.HistoryIn March of1972, per the request of the Belize Audibon Society and with the approval of the Government of Belize, Dr. Alexander Sprunt IV, Head of the U.S. National Audubon Society Field Office, came to Belize to assess Crooked Tree and make recommendations about its creation as a wading bird reserve. In July he submitted his report and proposal for the establishment of a Natural Area Reserve at Crooked Tree Lagoon. Jabiru stork protection was the Belize Audubon Society’s first advocacy project. In 1973 the Jabiru stork was added to Belize’s list of protected animals. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the first Wildlife Sanctuary declared by the Government of Belize, was gazetted on December 8, 1984.On August 22, 1998, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was declared Belize’s first Ramsar site based on the wetland’s significance, especially as waterfowl habitat.
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  • Birds, Birds, Birds!!! Truly a Birding Paradise!!! All Kinds of Wildlife, Miles of Hiking Trails and That Beautiful Lagoon... :O Beautiful and Charming Village with Very Friendly, Helpful People!!! Kn...  more »
  • We were staying at Birds Eye View lodge and had 24/7 access to the lagoon for the 3 days we were there. Absolutely amazing diversity of birds and animals. Be sure to take the early morning 3 hour Bird...  more »
  • We flew over from San Pedro to the international airport and my wife wanted to see some birds. Seeing that Crooked Tree was only 30-40 minutes from the airport, we drove our rental out there up the ve...  more »
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  • Birding paradise. The area is remote, by a lake and beautiful. Verna greeted and made all of us feel at home and extremely welcome. We took a early morning birding tour with Leonard who showed us the local birds while walking throughout the surrounding area. The food here was fantastic. We had a coconut simmered beans and rice which was unique and delicious.
  • Very traquial, rustic and great for bird lovers
  • Awesome birding. Stayed at Birdseye Lodge where Verna and her staff were the best. Warm Creole people and lovely surroundings. The best is the birding.
  • Peaceful. Great people and food.
  • Beautiful and peaceful place. Must Visit