Mission 1: Wood Storks
- Location: Florida
- Partner: Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
- Volunteer Pilot: Alan Kinback
This LightHawk flight allowed the Corkscrew Swamp Audubon staff to assess remote locations in the wetlands of Florida. Audubon staff have been monitoring the Corkscrew Wood Stork colony throughout the nesting season — December to May — since the Sanctuary was established in the late 1950s. As advances in technology have allowed, Audubon has used aerial photography of the colony to obtain more accurate counts and to provide the opportunity to accurately count chicks and estimate age.
Outcome: Audubon was able to monitor all sites and may have spotted a new sub-colony of nesting Wood Storks.
MISSION 2: COTONI-COAST DAIRIES
MISSION 3: Great Gray Owl Tracking
- Location: Wyoming
- Partner: Teton Raptor Center
- Pilot: Cory West
This LightHawk flight allowed the Teton Raptor Center to locate several banded Great Gray Owls through aerial telemetry equipment. Currently there is very little information about this iconic species. The data gathered on this flight will allow our partners to better understand juvenile owl seasonal movements, mortality, and dispersal.
Outcome: Two of the six targeted owls were located, allowing our partners to better understand their winter range and habitat.