- Published on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:35
We have many partners in the Delta region. One of these is the environmental aviation organization Lighthawk, a group of experienced pilots who give their time and experitse to help protect the natural world. Lighthawk has provided Sonoran Institute with many overflights of the Colorado River Delta, offering otherwise impossible vistas of this vast and complex landscape. From the air it all starts to make sense. Parcels of seemingly-fragmented land miraculously become stitched together. The topography of the landscape--it's slope, grade, contour, elevation--is sensed. One starts to get an idea of where water wants to move.
With the help of Lighthawk, we are able to, in a very tangible sense, see the Colorado River Delta as a whole. Our approach to restoration is similarly comprehensive, taking into account the people, cultures, ecosystems, policies, and stakeholders involved in order to adopt a vision of a healthier, more vibrant future. And while our projects cover many parts of this region, it is from the air that their connections become truly understood.
Follow this link to watch a short video following a few volunteer pilots as they fly over the remnants of one of the world's greatest Delta regions: the Colorado River Delta.
Below are just a few of the hundreds of photos we've captured from the skies above. (To see more photos visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savethecoloradoriverdelta).
Dendrites begin to form off channel in the estuary (near Upper Gulf of California).
A spectacular view only an overflight could offer.
Very close to where the Colorado River channel meets the Gulf of California.
Farmland covers an immense portion of the Mexicali Valley. Above, row upon row of wheat, corn, cotton, and more stretch to the horizon.