A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Oshkosh
This year, LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Michael Baum of Los Altos, CA made an interesting stop on his way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The self-described aviation enthusiast made a special detour to Centennial, Colorado (KAPA) to begin a flight mission donated for LightHawk. Baum touched down on his way to AirVenture, the renowned airshow billed as the largest in the world, in order to load an endangered black-footed ferret into his TBM 700 airplane bound for Oshkosh, WI.
Baum has volunteered with LightHawk for close to eight years often donating wildlife survival flights such as this one. LightHawk provides volunteer opportunities for pilots which benefit communities and wildlife by accelerating conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight. Baum flew his wild passenger to the North Eastern Wisconsin (NEW) Zoo near Green Bay, WI.
“Transport by commercial airline is very stressful for wild animals,” explains Carmen Murach, curator of animals for the NEW Zoo. “Airlines require that the animals arrive well in advance of their flights. They often spend significant amounts of time in non-temperature controlled, noisy cargo areas. There is just no way to explain to the animals that they are not in danger during this ordeal. The black-footed ferrets transported by Michael Baum are spared frightening noises and uncomfortable conditions.”