Flying with Purpose

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

Join The Cause

Donors

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

Pilots

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

Partners

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

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.

Condor

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.

Alligators

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.

OUR IMPACT OVER THE LAST YEAR

Conservation Flights

Conservation Partners

Flight Hours Donated

New Volunteer Pilots

GIVE THE GIFT OF CONSERVATION ACTION

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

STORIES FROM THE SKY

January 2024 Conservation FLYer

January 2024 Conservation FLYer

Get the latest news about LightHawk! No images? Click here   MISSION OF THE MONTH Red wolf flies from New York to new home in Maryland   In December, a LightHawk volunteer pilot transported an adult...

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December 2023 Conservation FLYer

December 2023 Conservation FLYer

Catch up on the latest LightHawk news December 2023   Featured mission: Looking back at 2023, looking ahead to 2024 As we reach the end of 2023, it feels like the year has flown by! We have...

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OUR COMMITMENT IN ACTION

1% For The Planet
Gold Transparency 2023 - Candid.
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Carbonfund.org - Carbonfree Partner 2023
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