LightHawk is an organization of conservation scientists – experts in using aviation for conservation.
We show conservationists and researchers how flight can augment their work, a concept that many have not considered.
Partnering with the leading conservation groups across North America, we design flight campaigns that protect the quality of life of people, animals and all living things.
Once aviation is integrated into a plan, we turn to our corps of 300 pilot donors who make aviation affordable by donating every aspect of flight.
We fly elected officials, conservation funders, print and visual media, conservation staff and board members to reveal the truth of the environment below.
From wolf and red panda transports, to condor tracking and transports, to monitoring wild salmon, we help our nation’s most endangered animals survive.
LIGHTHAWK INSPIRES CONSERVATION ACTION
What we do
We are conservation scientists working with the leading environmental groups on the continent, showing them how aviation can augment their work, in perhaps unexpected ways, and creating flight campaigns that achieve significant conservation outcomes.
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LightHawk will partner with you to see the world in ways that help you create
conservation changes that protect water, wildlife, and our way of life.
LightHawk will partner with you to see the world in ways that help you create conservation changes that protect water, wildlife, and our way of life.
Become a LightHawk Pilot
LightHawk invites pilots with 1000 hours as PIC to share your plane,
and reveal the earth in ways that inspire conservation action.
IN THE PAST YEAR, WE ADVANCED CONSERVATION WITH:
Change Makers Flown
Is your organization ready to fly with us?
Are you a pilot ready to make a difference?
Will you help protect our planet?
STORIES FROM THE AIR
A first hand account of a LightHawk transport of endangered Mexican wolves.
On July 22, 2020, LightHawk hosted a webinar on how to capture video from a small aircraft and use that video for conservation communications and monitoring. Aerial video footage is a powerful tool for connecting with supporters and community members at a distance via...
June has been quite a busy month at LightHawk. We have seen an uptick in flight requests for projects where pilot-only flights can make an important contribution. From animal tracking and transport to video capture, LightHawk is working safely during the pandemic to...