Flying with Purpose

Expanding the future of conservation through the powerful perspective of flight.

Join The Cause


Nature needs you! Your donations directly help expand the future of conservation.


Share your plane and reveal the earth in ways that inspire conservation action. Must have 1000 hours as PIC.


See the world in ways that help you create conservation changes to protect our precious natural resources, and our way of life.

50 In 50 Challenge

We’re thrilled to announce LightHawk’s inaugural 50 in 50 Challenge, taking place from June 15 to August 3, 2024. This groundbreaking initiative will see us conduct 50 conservation flights in 50 days, covering diverse ecosystems and addressing urgent conservation issues across the country.
Colorado Grey Wolf

Gray Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado

Discover how LightHawk volunteer pilots play a crucial role in the reintroduction of gray wolves in Colorado. From the challenges of transporting wildlife to the benefits of using smaller aircraft, this FAQ covers everything you need to know about LightHawk’s mission to support endangered species and contribute to conservation efforts. Learn about the unique advantages of LightHawk flights and how you can get involved in supporting this critical initiative.


California Condor Recovery

LightHawk assists the California Condor Recovery Program, focused on the creation of self-sustaining populations of this highly endangered bird. LightHawk helps by transporting California condors to the wild and for captive breeding populations. We also track radio-tagged birds to collect data on their movements and health.
Colorado River

Safeguarding the Colorado River

LightHawk is working to preserve healthy rivers and restore riparian habitats that benefit people and wildlife. The Colorado River is one of the world’s hardest‐working and most‐loved rivers. It provides water to 40 million people, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland in seven states in the U.S. and two states in Mexico, and serves as the lifeblood for native tribes, seven National Wildlife Refuges, and 11 National Parks.

Restoring the Everglades

Our flights monitor significant Everglades threats such as habitat and wildlife loss due to over-development, climate alterations, unsustainable water withdrawals and releases, and runoff, all of which impact the nation’s largest wetland. LightHawk flights have supported wildlife assessments throughout the area and are uniquely suited to monitor wetland/remote areas.
Brown Bear

Saving Salmon

Salmon are the key to protecting a way of life rooted in the North Pacific environment: protect salmon and you protect forests, food, water, communities, and economies. From grizzly bears to orca whales, at least 137 different species depend on the marine-rich nutrients that wild salmon provide. With our partners, we are working to protect the best remaining watershed habitat for wild salmon.


Conservation Flights

Conservation Partners

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Help us protect our planet through an online donation. Every dollar donated to LightHawk translates into tangible conservation achievements.


At LightHawk, we take action to protect our planet’s precious resources and biodiversity through our unique blend of conservation and aviation. Collaborating with partners, stakeholders, and communities, our flights provide invaluable insights into environmental challenges and opportunities, inspiring awareness and driving positive change. Join us in our unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and making a lasting impact.
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