Bev Gabe

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Oshkosh

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 ...

Why Fly in Mesoamerica?

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. ...

After Flight with Capt. Bud

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 ...

Fly Into Birdland

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 ...

Historic Flights Aid Bahamas Shorebirds (VIDEO)

“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. ...

Flying Over After a Hurricane

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 ...

10 Tips for Incredible Aerial Images

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 ...

From the Cockpit – Guatemala by Air

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 ...

Bombs, Bulls-eyes and a New National Monument

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 ...

Flights Spotlight King Tides

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 ...

Fish and Cattle Fans Cooperate in Klamath Basin

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 ...

Three Great Reasons to Fly Cross-Country

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 ...

Three Great Reasons to Fly Cross-Country

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 ...

5 Years of Flying at Your Fingertips

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 ...

5 Years of Flying at Your Fingertips

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 ...