Level up your Animal training Game

If your animal care career has always been about leveling up, but you find yourself not always sure where to turn, you’re not alone. For many animal trainers and behavior enthusiasts, there are not enough seminars, workshops, and conferences to satisfy our need to grow.

  • Have you ever returned from conference filled with ideas, only to see the enthusiasm fade after a few weeks back in the grind?
  • Do you have the curiosity but lack the resources to keep pushing your animal training into unchartered territory and just wish you had a mentor to guide you along?
  • Do you feel stuck with the status quo, but are looking for supportive guidance for new ideas in training animals?
  • What would your life look like if you could get your animal training questions answered and you had a constant source of inspiration on demand?
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The Avian Behavior Lab is a comprehensive membership site that provides an extension of ABI’s animal behavior consulting and professional free flight and conservation education background.  As educators, free flight trainers, and falconers with some of the most extensive free flight experience in the industry, our skills rest in using the observation and detailed oriented training our work has entailed to help other advanced trainers.


Ever-Growing Course Library

It will feature husbandry and veterinary behaviors from everything to lure training and trouble-shooting, injection training, and interpretative behaviors for ambassador birds.


Premium Members receive a 35% discount on Masterclasses and private consultations through Avian Behavior International. They also get 20% off of live events hosted by ABI!

A Truly Unique Community Forum

Premium Members can connect with each other as well as discuss topics from general to specific, discuss courses, view videos, and dive deep into philosophical training discussions

Member Calendar

Scheduled events will be featured in advance on the member calendar so you won’t miss a webinar and and can have your questions prepared for the Q&A call.

Member Resources

Special articles, checklists, and behavior analysis forms just for members

Training Challenges

Optional training challenges that will inspire you to enhance your understanding and application of learning theory and animal training.

“My experience with Hillary Hankey and her expert Avian Behavior International colleagues and amazing animals was inspiring. Although I have studied the application of behavior science to animal behavior and training in many hands-on work-shops, I highly recommend Hillary Hankey and Avian Behavior International where you can learn, regardless of your level of skill, in a highly supportive and enriching multi-species environment set in the stunningly beautiful hills of Escondido, California. ”

— Patricia K. Anderson, PhD, CPBC

So who are we, in a day and age when anyone can be a YouTuber or influencer? ABI owner Hillary Hankey has been living with and training birds since she was in junior high (1990!), going to parrot clubs and expos before she could drive. As a professional, she has worked for zoos, educational organizations, breeders, conservation organizations, and animal training companies.

Hillary started Avian Behavior International to meld her love of conservation education with positive reinforcement training to reach people on a deeper level. She likes to push the envelope, from exploring topics of progressive weight management, slope soaring, and finding new ways of inspiring and teaching audiences.

The Lab is a way for ABI to reach people around the world to enhance our coexistence with the animals in our care.

You can see how people have already achieved actual results with the Avian Behavior Lab in the testimonials.

Is the premium membership for me?

The Premium Membership is for advanced and professional trainers to reach expert advice on demand. Members have access to a community forum where progressive and thought-provoking training is a part of life. The Lab is designed to be the training mentor and coach we need in our corner to for advice and enlightenment. You’ll have access to and be part of some of the best conversations. Join us today.

Now for just $3, you can try out an Annual Membership for 10 days with the coupon code TEN.

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Have questions? Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

Our organization has limited time and money to spend. How will this membership help?

As a small organization, we are no stranger to keeping a careful eye on the budget. Our training sessions focus on welfare as well as efficiency, while we continuously look for safe and economical ways of providing an enriching life for the animals in our care. The membership, as one member put it, is like having your own private coach and consultant when you need it to provide tools and resources for your team and the animals in your care.

I work at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Would this apply to rehabbed animals?

Positive reinforcement based training and learning theory provides an important foundation of communication for anyone working with animals. Our work helps animal carers work with individuals of all different kinds of backgrounds, so we are confident that the skills that we instill will be an enormous asset for those in the wildlife rehabilitation industry.

Can I get information on how to train without weight management?

At ABI, we are continuously looking for alternative sources of motivation and openly discussing progressive weight management techniques with many different species of birds. We strive to keep an honest and open discussion about what weight management is and we look forward to having these types of discussions in our forums.

Does the Premium Membership discuss outdoor free flight?

The Premium Membership will discuss free flight of educational program birds. We do not teach or coach companion parrot free flight or train inexperienced flight trainers over the internet, nor do we recommend it. Free flight is complex and risky, and we take the lives of the animals in our care very seriously.

I'm working with an animal that many have tried and failed with. Will this membership be able to help?

As trainers at ABI, our goals have always been to seek creative and ethical solutions to some of our most challenging behavior issues. While we don’t provide guarantees, we have designed a community that will provide a different experience than asking a question on a social media group. In some very complex cases, it may be best for a private consultation, through which the membership provides discounts for.

How often do you update the material?

We are available daily on the community forum for feedback. The courses will be added regularly, and the calendar will show when we have scheduled calls and classes.

How do I cancel my membership?

For annual members, we have a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can cancel at any time during the first 30 days, and get your pro-rated amount back, no questions asked! Monthly members can cancel at any time during their subscription and their membership will terminate at the end of the month. Our full set of terms and conditions and our privacy policy is here.

How is the Premium Membership different than the Basic?

The Premium Membership covers a much broader scale, both in terms of species and complexity of training that our forum topics go into. Premium Members have access to both companion parrot and exotic animal topics, as well as in depth force free veterinary training and other challenging skills. Premium Members also have higher discounts and have access to all of the calendar events, including Q&A calls and webinars.