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 your Great Horned Owl, need ideas for your injured falcon, help with an ambassador turkey vulture?

- 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?


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.


From vulture training, reducing bates, hood training, voluntary medical procedures for parrots and more our course library is for all kinds of animals 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!


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


Premium members have access to a special forum and Facebook Group for hot tips, special insights, and nuanced training ideas for how to truly live an inspired life with all of the animals in your care.


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


Special articles, calendar events, and checklists, just for members.

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.


The Premium Membership is for advanced and professional trainers to reach expert advice on demand. Whether you are a parrot lover, wildlife rehabber, zookeeper and trainer, or professional trainer and consultant, this level has tons of resources. 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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Annual Subscription

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When you join The Lab, you're fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't feel like you've received value and decide you want to cancel any time within the next 30 days, just let me know, and I'll send you a prompt refund. No hassles, headaches, or hoops to jump through.

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 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.

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.

Ready to begin?


From articles to courses, live classes and Q&A's, this community is all about sharing in as many ways as we can to provide you with tools to maximize you and your animal’s potential.


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 am so grateful for the opportunity to attend your workshop last fall. Not only did it give me the motivation to continue with my project, and some of the tools I needed to be a better trainer, but it is giving Wonder a better quality of life. I could not ask for anything more! As you know, birds that are not fit for release are not always fit to be education ambassadors. Wonder is showing us he responds to operant conditioning techniques and we are so excited to keep him in our program. Since last fall, he is now confidently targeting, stepping up on the glove, and allowing us to leash him (with more work to be done there). We're now starting the process of crate training and training him to get on the scale for weighing. This has been a long process and were not nearly complete, but it is so exciting to see/make the changes to have him in the best situation possible

Colleen D., Premium Member, Wildlife Rehab and Educator

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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