Cay Caulker painted sign2Caye Caulker Forest Reserve (CCFR) is best observed via a shoreline and mangrove trail –“Woodrail Trail” –leading to some of the most intensively reforested areas in the Reserve.  The northwest point of the island took a serious pounding during Hurricane Keith, and only patches of fringing Red Mangroves have recovered to protect the island.  CCFR is co-managed by the community-based organization (CBO) called FAMRACC.  FAMRACC has securedgrant funding from PACT Foundation to accomplish reforestation efforts for mangroves and littoral forest.  The replanted mangroves will increase protection from weather impacts while providing growing habitat area for fish and shellfish, thereby improving fisheries and tourism.  The Experimental Forests LF 1,2 and 3 will improve cover of the original land cover of the area, while providing an ever-increasing food source, nesting and overwintering habitat for resident and migrant birds.

Students hiking Woodrail Trail-CCFR's

Students hiking Woodrail Trail-CCFR’s

Currently CCFR is home to the Endangered American Crocodile (Crocodilus acutus), IUCN Vulnerable Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabirostris), and a number of Yucatan endemic bird species and subspecies, such as Yucatan Vireo (Vireo magister); Yucatan (Red-vented) Woodpecker (Melanerpes pymaeus); and Cabot’s Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola caboti).

White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

Other great sightings include Rufous-necked Woodrail, Mangrove Warbler, and White-crowned Pigeon.