Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Rock Stone Pond

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary (CTWS) 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 contains 16,400 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 (locally known as Hicatee), 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.
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  • We decided last minute to visit as we were driving from Orange Walk to Belize City. The small visitor center was open and provided a map. We were told it was best to see birds by boat but that was... 
    We decided last minute to visit as we were driving from Orange Walk to Belize City. The small visitor center was open and provided a map. We were told it was best to see birds by boat but that was...  more »
  • We stayed at the Bird’s Eye View Lodge. Excellent lodging, very knowledgeable birding guides. Lots of other activities, including Mayan Ruins. A place worth going back to. 
    We stayed at the Bird’s Eye View Lodge. Excellent lodging, very knowledgeable birding guides. Lots of other activities, including Mayan Ruins. A place worth going back to.  more »
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  • Don't expect to see flocks of birds together, it's more for individual watching and often at a distance. Good for bird-watching enthusiasts with binoculars only.
  • With the right conditions (low water, which brings the birds closer) the birding here is phenomenal--all species of herons (including boat-tailed and the hard to see Agami), four species of kingfishers (the pygmy is especially beautiful), greater and lesser Yellowlegs, fork-tailed flycatchers, Vermillion flycatchers, Jaribu storks (more than a dozen during my March visit), man warblers. A d these are only some highlights. Take a lagoon/ creek tour with Birds Eye Lodge guides for the best birding experience.

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