Unleash Your Potential with

Avian Behavior International's

Bird of Prey Workshop


"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.

Avian Behavior International is coming to Australia!

Join us for a one-of-a-kind, thrilling two-day workshop hosted by the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!

Spaces are limited, but the possibilities are endless!


Our falconry workshop is an immersive experience designed to inspire action and ignite passion among bird enthusiasts. You'll delve deep into the world of falconry, gaining invaluable insights and practical skills through expert-led training sessions and interactive demonstrations.

“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

Over the course of two action-packed days, you'll have an immersive workshop experience designed to inspire you to action with new ideas and hands-on training opportunities with our expert mentors and master falconers. Hours of training time and demonstration each day with Q&A and video feedback. We know how to max out this power-packed workshop!

Classroom & training topics include:

  • Progressive Nonlinear Training
    • To help you trouble shoot your stickiest issues
  • Non-coercive negative reinforcement & the constructional approach
    • For sustainable, long-term solutions
  • The hows and whys of voluntary hooding & lure training
    • Practical application and expert coaching in a supportive environment
  • Nuanced non-traditional approaches to training passage & rehabilitated birds of prey
    • Learn how to fly birds at high weights and minimize fear responses
  • Free loft training
  • Creative motion curation
  • Troubleshooting fearful & aggressive responses


Experience live demonstrations, participate in interactive activities, and connect with fellow enthusiasts who share your dedication to animal training and welfare. Additionally, gain exclusive access to behind-the-scenes insights and valuable resources to enhance your ongoing journey in behavior management.

 "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


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

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.

Don't miss your chance to attend this one-of-a-kind workshop 

Spaces are limited, so act now to secure your spot!

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