Unleash Your Potential with

Avian Behavior International's

Bird of Prey Workshop

January 28 - 31, 2024

"I have become a more confident trainer with more and better tools at my disposal for training since attending the Bird Of Prey Workshop. Also meeting other trainers and making new bird friends to share ideas with was great. I think anyone who attends the ABI workshop, despite their current skill level or experience, will walk away a better trainer. Amazing birds, amazing people, and great training/learning." - Kevin H.

What kind of trainer could you become after an immersive 4-day retreat with at least three hours of hands-on guided practical training opportunities each day, under the expert guidance of our experienced team?

You'll emerge as a confident trainer, equipped with a deep understanding of timing, mechanics, and the powerful language of body cues and feedback mechanisms. This heightened communication will enable you to effortlessly connect with your animal partners, strengthening your bond like never before.

Beyond that, imagine applying some of the m
ost progressive concepts in animal behavior to simplify and evolve your training practice. 

“This workshop changed my professional world drastically. I have a cohort of people I can talk to now from that workshop who are also interested in progressive training methods. I am also more literate when talking about training and this workshop led the way for bringing Hillary out to our team. Our skill has greatly increased as a facility due to this workshop and what it brought us.”

- Anna

What You Will Take Home:

  • Practical handling skills working with a variety of birds of prey with different backgrounds and behaviors.
  • An understanding of how ethology shapes our work, expectations, and mechanics.
  • Mindset practices to establish supportive environmental practices for optimum behavior.

The #1 thing I hear from our past students is how learning and practicing with guidance to take back to their birds makes an instant difference. 

Often people feel lost from the random information online, unable to get answers to their specific challenges. And instead of making consistent progress they can see, they feel like they’re constantly wasting time going around in circles.

All they want is for someone to guide them through their challenges and walk beside them so they can really take their bird training to the next level.

Early Bird Ticket Alert: Limited Time Offer!

Don't miss your chance to secure an early bird ticket for this coveted workshop! Early bird pricing is available only through 11/15/2023.

Act now to reserve your spot and take advantage of this special offer.

Who is this workshop for?

Educators, falconers, rehabilitators, animal trainers, & zoo trainers looking to deepen their knowledge working with birds of prey in a progressive animal training setting. Highly recommended to come with a working understanding of learning theory and operative conditioning.


Unleash your potential with Avian Behavior International's Bird of Prey Workshop. Join us for this exceptional opportunity to grow as a bird trainer and enthusiast. Reserve your spot today, and we look forward to embarking on this exciting journey with you!

 "If you’re on the fence about attending, Just go! You will learn so much and feel nurtured and supported the whole way. It was unreal to be able to learn these skills in person."

- Anne

 "I had an amazing time at the workshop and learned so much! I have already started implementing things and have had some success. Thank you for teaching me so much and giving all the hands-on training experience. I had never focused so much on mechanics, and even though I am still learning it will be awesome getting my team focusing on mechanics more!
 Everyone at work is very jealous of the views, good food and most importantly the training experience.

- Cadence

Don't miss your chance to secure an early bird ticket for this coveted workshop! Early bird pricing is available only through 11/15/2023.

Act now to reserve your spot and take advantage of this special offer.

About your instructor

Hillary Hankey

Hillary Hankey is a world renowned professional bird trainer, behavior consultant, and falconer. For over 20 years, she has worked at and consulted for zoos and educational facilities to help bring adventurous and intimate animal encounters to guests all over the world. 

In 2013, Hillary founded Avian Behavior International, a bird training and education organization, located on 22 acres in San Diego, California. Hillary spends her days analyzing, studying and practicing the art and science of animal training with a diverse collection of birds in Southern California, while also passionately raising awareness and funds for critical conservation challenges around the planet.

With a goal of helping to strengthen the connection between animals and the humans that care for them with the most progressive, positive, and constructional techniques, Hillary offers numerous in person workshops, online courses, and is also the founder of The Avian Behavior Lab, where she offers online training tutorials and guidance for animal lovers of all levels.

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