Founded in 1996, SouthWings is a conservation and public benefit aviation non-profit that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. The SouthWings team and service are unique, combining the knowledge of conservation issues with experienced piloting skills. SouthWings enables those they fly to better understand, from an otherwise inaccessible vantage point, the globally significant ecosystems of the Southeast. Through the aerial perspective, SouthWings service provides experiential understanding of environmental challenges and opportunities for conservation. This perspective fosters understanding of scale/magnitude, and the relationships of cumulative and compounding environmental effects. SouthWings provides a means to educate public and elected officials, media, community leaders, researchers and conservation organizations.