Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Rock Stone Pond

#4 of 10 in Parks in Belize District
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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 took a boat tour on the lagoon and saw over 100 species of birds! Between the lagoon and walking around Beck's B&B its a birders paradise  more »
  • Although Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was not on our official itinerary, our guide indulged me and stopped for about 45 minutes. From one waterside spot, we literally saw about 40 bird species in.....  more »
  • Great place to visit and see wildlife, especially birds.
  • Have a wonderful view. It's a good place if you want to spend some time in family !

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