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LightHawk: The Long, High View of Environmental Issues

798760_12739372Looking for collaborative ways to aid conservation efforts of our lands, flora, and fauna, LightHawk pairs volunteer pilots with conservationists needing that large perspective of a particular problem or region. From the windows of a small aircraft, you can get very particular insight into a wildlife region. Donated flights have aided conservation projects throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, and some regions of Canada. To be able to look down upon troubled coastlines, freshwater regions, flood zones, natural disaster sites, inaccessible tracts of wildlands, and more, can give researchers and aid workers a much better view than they can ever attain from on land.

If you are part of a conservation effort that would be helped by the aerial perspective, you can contact them to see if you can be paired with a pilot who will fly you over the zone. They also have long-term conservation programs with whom you can work and volunteer, who have already made use of Light Hawk’s great way to add to these environmental teams. More than 2,000 passenger hours are donated each year to further green causes.

Just another great example of people looking at a problem from multiple perspectives to see how best they can pitch in and have a tremendous impact. Here is a huge list of conservationists and organizations they have helped in the past three years. Super inspiring!

Baby Sea Turtles Rockin the Gulf

Nature is pretty amazing. We keep hitting it with our best destructive shot trying to destroy the planet, and Mother Nature might be on the ropes, but she comes back out on top every time. We are overdue for some good news from the Gulf, and there actually is some. Since the BP oil disaster, wildlife officials have just declared the waters of the Gulf of Mexico safe for young sea turtles. The young hatchlings reside on the surface of the water, and since surface oil abatement has been most effective (not so much the dispersed and suspended oil, but surface cleanup is going pretty well), that level can again support life. Additionally, thousands of turtle eggs that were rescued from the spill zone beaches and relocated to Cape Canaveral are now hatching in strong numbers. Most of those hatchlings are being released in the Atlantic Ocean waters instead of the Gulf to maximize their chances of survival.

Barbara Schroeder, the national sea turtle coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, helped plan the desperate rescue. This was an unprecedented effort designed to keep thousands of newly hatched turtles from swimming straight into the gulf’s toxic oil. Biologist, sea turtle specialist, and turtle “midwife” (as described in the St. Petersburg Times) Jane Provancha, said, “It’s not exactly cutting-edge science. It’s mostly just a dramatic conservation action. It’s probably the best action under the worst circumstances.”

Here is the link to CharityGuide and their volunteer opportunities for sea turtle rescue and conservation.

Here are the international volunteer and job listings from SeaTurtle.org

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