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.


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.

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


Is your organization ready to fly with us?

Are you a pilot ready to make a difference?

Will you help protect our planet?


LightHawk Welcomes New CEO

LightHawk Welcomes New CEO

FT. COLLINS, CO, 16 March 2020 - LightHawk, the largest conservation flying organization in the country, welcomes Michele Rutledge as new CEO to lead the organization in its mission to inspire conservation action through the aerial perspective of at-risk and...

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Conservation FLYer December, 2019: Monkey Business

Conservation FLYer December, 2019: Monkey Business

It's been a stellar 2019 at LightHawk, celebrating 40 years of conservation flying. As we look ahead to 2020, we're excited to continue our important work with your help! The video below is just one of the critical conservation issues LightHawk addressed this year....

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Conservation FLYer November, 2019: Water in the West

Conservation FLYer November, 2019: Water in the West

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have a lot to be thankful for at LightHawk. Thank you to our donors, partners and supporters for championing LightHawk's mission of conservation. We wouldn't be LightHawk without you! Endangered California condors are thankful that they...

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Conservation FLYer September, 2019: Saving A River

Conservation FLYer September, 2019: Saving A River

It's been a productive start to Autumn at LightHawk and we're so excited to celebrate all we've done in 40 years at the upcoming Annual Meeting and Fly-In. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this month's FLYer- there's some press stories we're pretty proud...

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