Lighthawk

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 653 Lander WY 82520 USA

Mission: LightHawk''s mission is the champion environmental protection through the unique perspective of flight. Our goal is to mobilize enough volunteer pilots, aircraft and resources to help tip the balance toward sustainability for every major environmental issue within our targeted areas of focus. 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.
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.
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EIN 84-0852104
307-332-3242
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Rating: 5 stars  

It was fantastic, great pilot, lots of knowledg, and easy to organize. Captured these photos: http://www.raveneyephotography.com/flatheadvalley while shooting for Flathead Wild and Wildsight

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I flew on a watershed aerial tour a few years ago. I was amazed at how much of a difference this perspective of the land can make. I was amazed and inspired by the flight itself (made me want to learn to fly) but in particular I'm very inspired by the mission of this group. The idea of raising awareness about conservation by taking people on a flight, or exposing environmental wrongs is genius! And the pilots who donate their time and resources are doing an amazing thing. Thank You!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

local resource professionals, private citizens, and elected officals particpated in multiple flights of this watershed to gain a new perspective on water quality issues. I have seen the impact this has had in the minds of everyone involved. We all have a renewed and fresh energy for tackling water issues- we each have an impact on water quality and we're all in it together!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

What is unique about this organization?

I'm not aware of any other organizations doing this type of work.

 
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