LightHawk

Founded in 1979, LightHawk is a nonprofit, volunteer pilot-based organization that flies environmental missions in collaboration with a network of more than 167 pilots and hundreds of partner organizations throughout Central and North America. Their mission is to champion environmental protection through the unique perspective of flight.

LightHawk was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2008 to 2010.

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LightHawk Photo gallery

LightHawk donates flights to help protect land, water, and wildlife in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and parts of Canada. Photo courtesy of Kevin Steele, with aerial support by LightHawk.

LightHawk volunteer pilots donate their time, planes, and fuel to give conservation groups an aerial perspective. Photo courtesy of Julie Larson Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society, courtesy of LightHawk.

LightHawk-donated flights, like this one along Big Sur, have helped establish Marine Protect Areas off the coast of California. Photo courtesy of Erin Kunkel (with aerial support from LightHawk).

LightHawk Grant history

2010

$40,000 - To provide flight services in support of conservation projects in the North Cascades, High Divide, Crown of the Continent, and Central Oregon. Place-based conservation

2009

$25,000 - To provide flight services in support of conservation projects in the North Cascades, High Divide, Crown of the Continent and Central Oregon. Place-based conservation

2008

$30,000 - To provide flight services in support of conservation projects in the North Cascades, High Divide and Montana's Missoula and Ravalli Counties. Conservation capacity