Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

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#6 of 15 in Parks in Belize District
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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  • One of the nicest places to do birding if you are a birder. This sanctuary gives you a look into what makes Belize's lush lands so beautiful.  more »
  • A long way out, but worth the trip. Staff was awesome. Saw some really cool birds. Best time is in the morning or late afternoon.  more »
  • Our group took a late morning tour of the lagoon from the Bird’ Eye View Lodge. Even though our knowledgeable guide told us the viewing would have been much better earlier in the day, there was lots t...  more »
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  • A great place for bird watching. In the dry season dirt/board trails are very accessable.
  • The love if my life
  • 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.
  • Nice experience very educational shows how closely we depend on the ecosystems.
  • 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.
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