LightHawk accelerates conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight.

Why LightHawk Exists

We know that aviation can greatly enhance conservation work, often in ways that are not immediately obvious. We also know that aviation resources are often too costly for conservation efforts, even if their value and contribution is understood.

What We Do

LightHawk conservation staff seek out projects and partners where we know we can make a significant contribution. We then serve as consultants, co-designing flight campaigns to achieve relevant and important conservation outcomes, educational objectives and outreach strategies.

How We Do It

Once we have a project planned, we tap into our network of 300 volunteer pilots who donate expertise, time, aircraft, and fuel to support the project, making flight support free of direct cost to our partners.


LightHawk accelerates conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight. We envision a world where the delicate balance of ecosystems is preserved, biodiversity thrives, and communities prosper equally.

LightHawk upholds this vision through our commitment to the following values:

Heal and Protect our Earth

We act with urgency, bringing awareness to the environmental challenges facing our planet and nature’s resilience through collective action.

Soar With Intention

We take flight, harnessing the unique power of aviation to help solve the environmental crisis facing our world.

Serve with Purpose

We serve purposefully, aspiring to safeguard the planet and ignite a collective commitment for others to do the same.

Accelerate Impact

We are dedicated to expediting Earth’s recovery and slowing climate change, recognizing that we have a limited window of time to start the healing.

Embrace Collaboration

We embrace collaborative power, amplifying shared conservation goals and efforts to ensure a thriving and sustainable future for people, animals, and our planet.

Do The Right Thing

We are driven by principles of fairness and inclusion, and we aim to highlight the disparities of environmental impacts for different human groups.

1% For the Planet

LightHawk is a member of the 1% For The Planet network, a global funding resource that is focused on accelerating smart environmental giving.


LightHawk is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global organization that convenes leadership and educators to solve our most pressing conservation issues.

Carbonfund.org - Carbon Free Partner - 2023

LightHawk has been completely carbon neutral since 2007. In 2018 alone we purchased 141 metric tons of carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org


LightHawk accelerates conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight.

LightHawk flies for conservation in:

United States



LightHawk has more than 300 volunteer pilots spread out across the country. The map below shows all the areas we have pilots who Make Conservation Fly.

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