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Each year LightHawk donates hundreds of flights in private aircraft to empower conservation efforts. We carefully screen our flight requests to ensure each mission warrants LightHawk’s substantial planning efforts, as well as the generous contribution of our experienced aviators who provide their time, aircraft, fuel, and expertise for these flights free of charge.

Year after year, these flights empower conservation and make environmental protection successful. Join us as we put aviation to work for conservation.


Areas of Focus

Vast landscapes, remote areas, even areas in your own backyard are brought closer and seen more clearly from the window of a small aircraft. The aerial perspective provides a unique overview of the places we live, work and play illuminating the opportunities and challenges they face. Learn More »
From a thousand feet above the earth, LightHawk volunteer pilots fly along watersheds from source to sea. Passengers on board gain a deeper understanding about our precious freshwater systems and how they function as they move through the landscape.

Flying over watersheds alert us to activities happening upstream, over the hill or far below the ground. Information and images gathered from the air empower us to preserve clean water for people and nature. Learn More »
Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Belize. Tony Rath/
Flight reveals the interplay of land and sea in ways that are otherwise impossible to comprehend. Flying offshore brings coastal areas into focus and makes the connection between what we do on land and its effect on oceans, reefs and coastlines. Without the aerial perspective, it would be easy to imagine the ocean as limitless and immune from human activities. LightHawk flights have the power to illuminate the issues that impact these waters and allow caring people to make a big difference. Learn More »
LightHawk provides new ways to study animals, understand their habitat and overcome the obstacles they face to survive. 

From 1,000 feet up, the land reveals the most likely places where animals roam, feed, and raise their young. This perspective also makes clear where to focus efforts to protect valuable habitat. Aerial telemetry and surveys helped biologists to track black bears, scarlet macaws, sharks, steelhead and other wildlife.

LightHawk volunteer pilots also help endangered and threatened species by donating wildlife survival flights to move valuable individuals for breeding, education and release into the wild. Learn More »

Airport mascot at general aviation hangar in Texas. Chris Boyer/
Close your eyes and imagine we begin high above the land with a long sweeping aerial setting the scene. So many stories start this way because it’s a powerful and effective way to put issues into context. We provide flights that help tell the most pressing environmental stories, engaging audiences and inspiring action.

By sharing the aerial perspective from a small aircraft, LightHawk empowers media-makers to clarify complex environmental issues and provide audiences with a visceral level of understanding. As one passenger said after their LightHawk flight, "If a picture is worth a thousand words, a flight is worth a million." Learn More »