Now online is “Romeo November: A LightHawk Story,” which shares the story of one volunteer pilot, Chuck Schroll, and his dedication to the cause of conservation as he takes to the skies to tour three conservation projects with LightHawk partners.
The Everglades Foundation reached out to Lighthawk, which uses volunteer general aviation pilots towards conservation efforts, to plan a reconnaissance flight over the coastal Everglades, Florida Bay, and the southwest coastline to assess water quality and document the impacts from Ian.
When California condor 171, “Traveler,” needed emergency transportation to life-saving surgery, a general aviation pilot flew in to save the day.
Lighthawk is a non-profit organization that has a network of 300 volunteer general aviation pilots who donate their time and airplanes to fly researchers, policy makers, elected officials, and others on conservation and environmental missions.
For Lighthawk volunteer pilot Dan Silvers, a recent mission gave him the chance to fly low and slow, while at the same time helping ensure the survival of the golden-winged warbler.
Volunteer pilots transported captive-bred masked bobwhite quail chicks to a wildlife refuge in Arizona in hopes that the endangered species can thrive once again.
Volunteer pilots have transported a record number of endangered wolf pups from zoos and other facilities to wild dens.
Volunteer pilots flew close to 12,000 endangered white abalone to their new home in Southern California. The abalone will eventually be released in the waters off Southern California.
Mike Schroeder won the Lighthawk award for his willingness to go the extra mile.