Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews


PO Box 2710 Telluride CO 81435 USA


LightHawk''s mission is to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight. LightHawk uniquely adds value to the conservation community. We provide expertise in using the aerial perspective to accelerate and enhance efficiency of the conservation outcomes of our partners. LightHawk uses its experience in conservation planning early in our partners’ project development to help them identify their desired outcomes and plan strategies to fully engage the power of flight.

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LightHawk works with conservation partners to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight.

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LightHawk’s work is international in scope. We establish conservation partnerships with organizations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Conservation partners include international, national and community-based organizations from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. They include many of the most effective and well-respected conservation organizations in the world including The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Restore America’s Estuaries, National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, Mote Marine Laboratory and numerous public and private research universities.


LightHawk donates environmental flight campaigns at no charge. We provide carefully arranged flights in support of conservation projects. Our passengers include conservation advocates, government officials, scientists, photographers, educators, media representatives, indigenous community leaders, and other stakeholders. Flights help to:  Foster dialogue and build consensus  Promote informed decision-making  Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation action

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a donor to LightHawk for at least fifteen years. I started donating as soon as I heard about it, especially as gifts for people I knew who were or had been pilots. The service LightHawk provides for non-profits, government officials, scientists, and other interested parties is unlike any other - they show them how the area of interest looks from the air. Often the damage being done by some company - mining or logging - is not visible from the road. Similarly, the value of the land and the life on it may not be visible from the road. The aerial view is essential in making planning decisions. The pilots who participate are immensely generous people, donating their skills and time to make LightHawk's work possible.

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I read reports of LightHawk's work and am happy to have wonderful places protected and dreadful places cleaned up as a result of giving a true view of the situation to people who can do something about it.

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