Fly above Costa Rica, and help protect the Earth

small_plane.jpgLightHawk, a group of volunteer pilots flying small single-engine airplanes, has been working for 25 years to provide free flights to conservation groups in the fight to protect the environment. Scientists, decision-makers, activists, photographers, politicians and media folk have flown with LightHawk pilots on thousands of flights in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

LightHawk is a great group, and their work makes a real difference. It can be hard to see the results of environmental destruction sometimes from the road, especially in remote areas. Take a decisionmaker up to 2,000 feet, though, and they get a completely different view of things, and it changes their opinions. From up there, you get a fresh perspective on how humans are affecting nature.

On rare occasions, LightHawk hosts an eco-tour to spread the word about what they are doing and help raise funds for the organization. In February 2007, LightHawk will visit the beautiful Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, to show a small group of visitors first-hand the environmental work they are involved in there. Members of the tour will fly above the countryside to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world while receiving an unparalleled education in the environmental issues facing the area.

The tour group will stay in the Iguana Lodge, meet LightHawk’s local conservation partners and get the full brief on how they are working to protect this incredible area. Visitors will also have time for hikes in the rainforest, horseback riding, birding, wildlife watching and more. It’s not a bargain trip… cost to cover everything is $5,000, but a chunk of that is a tax-deductible donation to support LightHawk’s work.

More info:
To sign up: contact Keri Foster at 307/332-3242 or by Friday, November 17.
LightHawk’s Web site.
Details about the tour.
Rick Durden, the executive director of LightHawk, was interviewed recently by Grist.