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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have followed Lighthawk for many years and continue to be impressed with the caliber of the volunteers and the real value of the work they do. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but actually seeing the earth from the air and getting perspective on the environment is priceless. I can't think of a more impactful way to deliver a message.

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

Better understanding of ecosystems.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know of any changes I would make.

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