congregate within the sanctuary during
the dry season, taking advantage of shallow water and
easy food resources. The best time to see them is between February and May. Most migratory birds arrive in November, and leave before the rainy season starts in July. Black Howler Monkeys, Morelet’s Crocodiles, Green Iguanas and freshwater turtles can also be found within
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1984 for the protection of resident and migrant birds. The
sanctuary consists of a network of over 12,800 acres of inland lagoons, marshes
and waterways and provides a good resting area for thousands of migrating birds. The wetland is approximately a mile wide and more than 20 miles long. The reserve features a number of trails.
A pleasant way to explore the sanctuary is by boat. Many water birds congregate along the lakeshore and the banks are lined with interesting plants. Some of the birds you can expect to find here include the Black-Collared Hawk, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck several species of herons and egrets, limpkins, the elusive Sungrebe, and the even more elusive Agami Herons; Northern Jacanas, Least Grebes, Pygmy Kingfishers, Rufus-tailed Jacamars, and several species of parrots and the unique Snail Kite can all be found here and are frequently photographed up close.
Birdwalk" is about three quarters of a mile in length.
The elevated walkway passes through wetlands and gives
viewers on foot an opportunity to see the indigenous plant and
The Village lies within the Sanctuary while a three and a half mile causeway connects Crooked Tree Village with
the Northern Highway. This sleepy Creole village of narrow sandy lanes, lined with cashew trees, is home to 900 residents.
While Bird watching is by far the most popular activity, the village is also famous for its cashews. Cashew trees grow in abundance, yielding cashew nuts, cashew wine, and stewed cashew fruit. The village celebrates with an annual Cashew Festival in May. There is food, music, lots of dancing and celebration, and of course, lots of cashew.
No matter what time of year a trip to Crooked Tree yields a pleasant experience with friendly people and natural beauty.
Archaeological/wildlife/birding site. From Crooked
Tree Village, 3-4 hours by canoe each way, or rent a
motorboat: During the dry season
on-site archeologist can give you a tour. Can be reached
by vehicle from mid-April until late May.
City, travel on the New Northern Highway for approximately
37 miles (Look for signs). Turn left and travel on
maintained dirt road for several miles until you see
the Information center located on your left, just
causeway, which leads into Crooked Tree Village.
Visit Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary as part of a
duPlooy Travel Countrywide Birding Package.