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Over Cockscomb Basin, Belize
LightHawk returned to Belize this February to work with longtime partner Belize Audubon Society (BAS) in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) and Victoria Peak Natural Monument.
Flights provide efficient access to rugged tracts of land inaccessible by land and allow management to make general observations and document changes occurring within and around the protected areas.
LightHawk helps BAS to identify areas within the protected zones needing special attention, and empowers them to focus their ground efforts in those areas.
Surveying the cliffs and surrounding forests by plane indicates if the area is attractive to and may host endangered birds such as the orange-breasted falcon and scarlet macaw.
By providing Belize Audubon Society with a bird's-eye view, LightHawk helps spotlight areas that need follow-up on the ground, and helps focus fieldwork on endangered species.
LightHawk has brought aircraft and pilots to Belize since 1985 promoting efficient and effective conservation.