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This year, LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Michael Baum of Los Altos, CA made an interesting stop on his way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The self-described aviation enthusiast made a special detour to Centennial, Colorado (KAPA) to begin a flight mission donated for LightHawk. Baum touched down on his way to AirVenture, the renowned airshow…

Changing Planet

Ivan and Bud talk about why LightHawk flies conservation missions in Mexico and Central America in the final installment of our Ride Into Birdland guest blog. Click here to read from the beginning. I.G. What is Lighthawk? L.S. Lighthawk is a group of volunteer pilots, some 220 volunteer pilots living across the United States, who…

Changing Planet

Photographer Ivan Gabaldón interviews volunteer pilot Bud Sittig in this second installment of Gabaldón’s guest blog from Ride Into Birdland. (Click here for the first installment of the series.) On the night of our second day I get together with Captain “Bud” to learn more about his experience as an aviator and the work he…

Changing Planet

Guest post from Iván Gabaldón of Ride Into Birdland for Pronatural Peninsula de Yucatan. The sun is just beginning to rise but I feel none of its warmth as I walk towards the vintage Cessna on the wet tarmac of Merida’s airport. I’m about to embark on my first aerial photography mission for Pronatura Peninsula…

Changing Planet

“In our work at Conservian, we’ve done aerial surveys before, but this was the trip of a lifetime,” says conservation biologist, Margo Zdravkovic, following six days of surveying the Bahamas with LightHawk volunteer pilot Jimmy Roswell of Jupiter, Florida. With Roswell at the controls of his bright yellow Piper PA-18 Super Cub seaplane and Zdravkovic…

Changing Planet

Soon after Hurricane Odile roared through Cabo San Lucas and the far end of Baja California with 120 mile-per-hour winds, LightHawk was in the air to document the extensive wind and flood damage left by the Category 3 storm. LightHawk’s Mesoamerica program manager Armando J. Ubeda worked to bring the expedition together quickly. National Geographic…

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Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Michael Melford works with LightHawk to make aerial photographs that support conservation. His most recent feature in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. At LightHawk’s 35th anniversary Fly-In, Melford shared some of his secrets to making the most of his opportunities to fly…

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Guest post by LightHawk volunteer pilot Stephanie Wells, a retired Air Force and NASA pilot. Among her many numerous flight experiences she flew the KC-135 in a roller coaster pattern of parabolas to create 25-second periods of zero gravity. Each flight contained about 40 parabolas enabling researchers to conduct experiments and astronauts to experience weightlessness….

Changing Planet

What does a WWII pilot riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza, massive bullseye targets in the desert, and a presidential order have in common? They’re all part of the newly established Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico. Long before President Obama declared those 500,000 acres near Las Cruces protected, LightHawk and New Mexico Wilderness…

Wildlife

Something happens each year that may provide a fleeting glimpse into the future. This year, LightHawk and The Wetlands Conservancy teamed up to document this phenomenon from the air. Extreme high tides, called “king tides,” occur around the new moon when the moon is closest to the Earth. Scientists think images of the king tides may…

Changing Planet

In 2008, LightHawk supported water sharing in the Klamath River Basin with a blitz of local flights. Today, we applaud tribes and ranchers who signed an agreement to share water in the upper reaches of the Basin by looking back at those early flights. The two groups are working together to sustain the future for…

Wildlife

When three young cougars were suddenly orphaned, two pilots from opposite coasts helped distance the kittens from their tragedy. The Monday began with rain as it often does near Portland, Oregon. As LightHawk volunteer pilot Mike Baum reviewed the latest weather reports and radar, the furry cargo he volunteered to fly halfway across the country…

Wildlife

When three young cougars were suddenly orphaned, two pilots from opposite coasts helped distance the kittens from their tragedy. The Monday began with rain as it often does near Portland, Oregon. As LightHawk volunteer pilot Mike Baum reviewed the latest weather reports and radar, the furry cargo he volunteered to fly halfway across the country…

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A new conservation map project shares the big picture from five years of flying for conservation. Aerial images and stories from LightHawk flights have changed how people see their environment. LightHawk’s Conservation Map Project lets users explore their own world from above, something few people ever experience in person. Navigating over the map, users can…

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A new conservation map project shares the big picture from five years of flying for conservation. Aerial images and stories from LightHawk flights have changed how people see their environment. LightHawk’s Conservation Map Project lets users explore their own world from above, something few people ever experience in person. Navigating over the map, users can…

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