Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

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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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  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place to relax and watch birds. Seeing birds is as easy as stepping out of your room and ambling onto the grounds for a look over the lagoon. Jacana, her...  more »
  • We have made the trip without special tour and without a guide and have seen it all and simply overwhelmed by the beauty and tranquility. You can drive from Belize City with 9 BZD (4.5 USD) per person there, but no direct bus there on the same day more i.e. either there can stay and admire the birds early in the morning, or take the taxi to northern highway and there one of the many buses the Corozal and Orange Walk climb (we have taken this option). A walk through the nature park is an experience, in the early morning you can see many of the 300 species of birds and take pictures. The village is merged seamlessly in nature park. The people are extremely friendly and helpful if necessary.
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  • Birding on the coast of Texas is hard to beat as we see vast numbers of migratory birds. But even we were impressed with our lagoonboat tour of the sanctuary with Leonard this July. Go early in the mo...  more »
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  • Wow! a Paradise for the Bird Lovers! The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for migrant and resident Birds, water fowls and waders alike! Home to great and largest flying bird in Central America the Jabiru Stork!
  • Everyone here is friendly and the employees are knowledgeable naturalists. So many varieties of birds!
  • One of the best wetlands I have ever visited.
  • Unique beautiful place. Nice for nature lovers
  • A great place for bird watching. In the dry season dirt/board trails are very accessable.
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10 days in Flores & Belize BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA April, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Central America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Belize BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Central America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 34 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Belize BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Belize BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
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