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LightHawk helps measure and monitor work restoring the expansive, but dehydrated Colorado River Delta where nutrient-rich waters once supported a thriving fish nursery and acted as an important refuge for migratory birds.

The Colorado River was mighty enough to carve the Grand Canyon, but with more than two-dozen dams and other diversions, it no longer reaches the sea as it once did. Flights help partners like Sonoran Institute enhance understanding of the Delta's interconnected natural systems. These include the river corridor, wetlands, tidal zones, shifting sand bars and arid desert plains. A single flight can make it clear to donors, local officials and community members how all the pieces fit together to create a healthy Delta.