Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
According to the Belize Audubon Society the Sanctuary is ‘”Birding Heaven” – The wetlands of Crooked Tree Wildlife Santuary (CTWS) are a birdwatcher’s dream.’ There are few who would disagree and it is not likely that they have been here. This is truly an amazing place, a nature photographer’s dream location.
The Village of Crooked Tree is on an Island of about 20 square miles; it is home to between 600 and 900 residents. The lagoons and marshes of Crooked Tree Sanctuary cover over 12,800 acres and is the home of untold thousands of birds. The Lagoons can get to a mile in width in the rainy season and may, in some years, dry up in the dry season.
The largest group of lagoons includes Calabash Pond, Southern Lagoon, Western Crooked Tree and Revenge and Spanish Creeks.
These flow into the Belize River through Black Creek. Jones and Mexico Lagoons flow into the Belize throuh Mexico Creek. The shores of the Lagoons are teming with birds, especially in the early morning.
Entrance fees are BZ$2.00 for nationals and US$4.00 for non-nationals.
Opening hours are 8am – 4:30pm.
To help maintain the park’s pristine condition all visitors
are requested to observe the following regulations:
1. Please register at the visitor center.
2. Do not harm or attempt to capture animals or birds.
3. Please do not disturb collect or remove plants or trees.
4. Fishing and hunting is not allowed.
5. Do not litter. Leave trash in the bins provided.
6. No firearms are allowed.
7. Outside the village, please stay on the trails.
A few of the over 300 resident or migrating birds commonly seen
around the Lodge and along the nearby Lagoons and Trails.
(You’ll find additional information about migratory birds in Belize
from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center here.)
Visitor’s Information and Park Rules
You will find more detailed information about the Sanctuary at:
Birds of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
American Pygmy Kingfisher
American White Pelican
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Common Black Hawk
Gray-necked Wood Rail
Great Black Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Little Blue Heron
Northern Rough- winged Swallow
Olivaceous Neotropical Cormorant
Also you will likely see Black, Brown and Green Iguanas in the trees and Jesus Christ Lizards walking on water as many are about.