Learn how to raise and train a conservation ambassador to spread connections for critical preservation challenges.

Raising and training conservation ambassadors for a life in the public eye is no easy task. The animal needs to represent its species, the plight of its environment and resources, provide connections with challenges near and far, all while exhibiting natural behaviors in a wide variety of conditions.

Owls can offer unique challenges to animal trainers based on their natural history. Early socialization and positive reinforcement training makes a huge difference in their success as education ambassadors.

This Masterclass will take you on our journey as we raise and train our Spectacled Owl, Ripley for our education programs.

- Lesson 1: Husbandry and its Role in Early Training

- Lesson 2: Crucial Details: Transportation and Early Arrival

- Lesson 3: Early Training with Your Ambassador Owl

- Lesson 4: A Deep Dive into Habituation and Conditioning

- Lesson 5: Glove Training

- Lesson 6: Program Behaviors

- Lesson 7: Using the Creance

- Lesson 8: Progressive Weight Management Paradigm

- Lesson 9: Training the Glove Bird of Prey

- Lesson 10: Trouble Shooting

You'll have access to a suite of training goodies in this Masterclass.


Our multi-media lessons show students the exact steps we take in chronological order.


Access to a designated community forum for discussion.

This class is only offered for a limited time!

Discover some of the most progressive, positive reinforcement based methods to training an owl for a life of professional conservation education to promote the preservation of biodiversity.


Single Payment

275$ one time

* Lessons including step by step training

* Teacher's notes

* How to's and why nots

Have questions?

Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

Do I need experience with raptors to take this Masterclass?

It is highly recommended that you have experience with owls and raptors and understand their basic husbandry needs. This Masterclass does not cover that. If you wish to take this course in preparation for training an owl for educational purposes, we congratulate you on your preparation and will do everything we can to support you on your journey.

In many states and areas of the world, you do need to have permits and demonstrated experience and understanding of husbandry and basic health and wellness to have a raptor in your care.

Does this Masterclass teach free flight?

We will be teaching the class right up through creance training. Free flight training is very risky and highly individual to your experience level and training environment. We strongly recommend having an in-person mentor when training free flight.

Is this class for pet owls?

This Masterclass covers raising and training owls for professional conservation education purposes. We do not condone the keeping of owls as pets as they do not make good pets, and in many areas it is not legal. All of our owls have permits for education under state and federal permitting regulations.

Is this free for members?

Basic Members get a 15% discount and Premium Members get a 25% discount.

Will I have access to all the lessons at once?

It depends on when you purchase the Masterclass. As of the Summer of 2019, we are just starting our training journey with Ripley, so you will be following in real time. Lessons and videos will be added gradually, and the Masterclass will expire for registrations in December of 2019. It will re-open for registration in 2020.

Does this Masterclass cover all species of owls?

This class focuses on our training journey with Ripley, the spectacled owlet. We have worked with several species of owls and are using our comprehensive experience to prepare her for a life of service to raptor and habitat conservation. We are confident that our work with her and other owls will help us guide others on their paths, as well.

Ready to begin?


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The community forum has dozens of topics that offer you a wonderful medium to ask questions and follow along other members' journeys as we explore our training pathways.


Unlike social media platforms, our community is carefully moderated by paid positive reinforcement trained professionals who strongly believe in the best way to level up each of us. By setting an example of honest communication, integrity, and accountability, you can be assured that there is no such thing as a stupid question and there is no tolerance for bullying.

I was fortunate to attend a five-day workshop at Avian Behavior International earlier this year. The instructors were educated, compassionate and skilled animal professionals, and excellent educators. It was the perfect setting to work on/acquire new skills in a safe, supportive environment. It's also a unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of bird species and hoofstock. I look forward to attending many more ABI workshops in the future!

Jennifer M. P., Canine Behavior Science

The importance of knowing where your animal behavior information comes from cannot be understated. The experience here at Avian Behavior Lab comes from years as a professional behavior consultant for zoos and companion animal owners around the world, managing a training organization, and living with and training animals just like you.

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