Summer Giving Challenge

Support LightHawk’s work by filling our tanks and help us reach our goal of $25,000 during this year’s Summer Giving Challenge. Your gift puts planes in the air for our conservation partners – preserving land, water and wildlife today and for future generations.

Shorebird survey flights

LightHawk volunteer pilots flew a series of missions to help Audubon conduct shore bird surveys in the Colorado River Delta.

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 show conservationists and researchers how flight can augment their work, a concept that many have not considered.

From wolf and red panda transports, to condor tracking and transports, to monitoring wild salmon, we help our nation’s most endangered animals survive.

We fly elected officials, conservation funders, print and visual media, conservation staff and board members to reveal the truth of the environment below.


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.


Conservation Missions

Conservation Partners

Change Makers Flown

Volunteer Pilots


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Will you help protect our planet?


May 2022 Conservation FLYer

May 2022 Conservation FLYer

Catch up on the latest LightHawk news May 2022 Featured mission: Supporting the protection of migratory birds Photo by Jim Dougherty/LightHawk May is Migratory Bird Month and a recent LightHawk mission, flown by Mark Dedon, supported the protection of migratory birds...

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Conservation FLYer April 2022

Catch up on the latest happenings at LightHawk April 2022     Featured mission: Surveying protected lands with 7 Lakes Alliance Watson Pond. Photo by Jonathan Milne/LightHawk LightHawk volunteer pilot Jamie Gamble recently flew staff from the 7 Lakes...

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Conservation FLYer March 2022

Conservation FLYer March 2022

March 2022 LightHawk news     Featured mission: Returning kokanee salmon to Lake Sammamish Left to right: Perry Falcone, Kokanee Recovery Manager with King County Water and Land Resources Division, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Snoqualmie Tribe...

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