Programs: LightHawk's environmental programs are organized along geographic boundaries: the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and Mesoamerica; we also fly limited missions east of the Rockies and in the Caribbean. The issues we address through our flights range, literally, from flamingos to nuclear power, supporting efforts focused on forests, coastal and ocean conditions, deserts and grasslands, and urban and industrial issues. Our partners range from small community organizations with no paid staff to U.S. and foreign government agencies and international NGOs. Our field staff works with our partners to educate and support them on the often complex logistics and preparation required to produce safe, high quality flights with maximum impact.The diverse types of missions we fly include guided educational flights for passengers who may be local villager leaders or members of Congress; media flights for reporters, photographers and filmmakers working on environmental stories; technical flights to support scientists working on habitat and species surveys; and surveillance flights that help document environmental crimes and land use conditions.
LightHawk helps to address environmental issues through:
*Educational flights over contested landscapes to convert abstract proposals into something passengers can grasp. We know from experience that when decision-makers see the big picture from above, it has a powerful ability to transcend all personal ideologies, change hearts and minds, build commitment, and lead to action.
*Technical flights are often the only practical way to obtain objective data on patterns of human and wildlife use. Technical flights include aerial photography, scientific data-gathering, wildlife surveys, and ground-truthing data obtained from satellites, high-altitude photography, or computer modeling. All flights are donated by our corps of volunteer pilots.
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