In the spring of 2015, Crooked Tree Village hosted its first ever Bird Fair, which aimed to inspire local Belize City kids to become future conservation leaders, bird guides, and ornithologists. The Crooked Tree Government school, Biscayne Government School, and Belize Rural Primary School, in collaboration with the surrounding communities of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, celebrated birds with the theme: “It’s all about our birds. Learn… Participate… Enjoy!” Visitors were able to interactively learn about bird biology, try their hand at bird bingo, participate in a costume contest, and much more!
The many organizations contributing to the fair’s success included: the Belize Audubon Society, Belize Zoo, Belize Bird Rescue and Raptor Center, Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team, and the Belize Tourism Board. Funds were provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Audubon Society. The Bird Fair was part of the Belize Audubon Society’s goal of strengthening bird-based tourism as a conservation and sustainable development tool.