What are your current guidelines now due to COVID-19?

All guests who are coming onto the property will receive a detail email regarding the guidelines that follow the current state and CDC guidelines but here are some of the ways we address this virus to keep everyone safe. By nature, our organization is small and in the open air. All experiences are outside which makes social distancing easy to accomplish. We always keep groups small. No more than 6 people come to an experience. Our staff will remain masked for everyones safety. During the experience it is up to you and your comfort level if you would like to take off your mask when interacting with birds. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the whole experience and for in between animal handlings.

If you feel feverish or have flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with someone suspected of or testing positive to COVID 19 in the last two weeks, you will be asked to stay home and reschedule your experience for another time.

Are guests still allowed to be in contact with your birds and other animals?

Yes! We have sanitizer for between animal handlings. All experiences are outdoors which make for practicing social distancing easy to accomplish.

Are you open to the public?
Guests are able to visit through our scheduled events. If you would like to take one of our
classes, go to an event, or an experience, take a look at our calendar. If there is a
particular day that you would like for an experience that there isn’t anything scheduled,
we may be able to accommodate. You can contact us at info@avian-behavior.org

Do you allow walk-in’s?
Our ranch is not set up for walk in visits. Our gate is closed and we are usually out in the
field training animals and working other programs when we do not have a pre-scheduled
experience or event.

Where are you located?
The Avian Behavior International Ranch is located off of Lake Wohlford Road, in
Escondido, California near Valley Center. Our address is provided when you register for
an Experience or Event. We are about an hour from San Diego metro, give or take.
Travel times vary greatly due to traffic from the Orange County/LA area. Our address is provided
once you register for an event.

Can I come early and walk around?
We are always working the birds and taking care of the ranch. We ask that you not arrive
until 15 minutes before your events starts. The gate to our ranch will not be opened until
15 minutes before each program. Each event includes a tour of our aviaries and farm
animals during which you will have opportunities to see the animals.

What is the hike like?
Typically, when we “hike” with the birds, we walk up a small hill for about 5 minutes
while watching them fly. There are some rocks and shrubs, but it is mostly packed dirt
and granite.There are other options that we can accommodate some of those that do not
like or do not wish to hike. Please reach out to us with any questions
you have to how we can modify your experience for you.

If I sign up for a Bird Experience, do I get to hold a bird?
Yes! Our Experiences are designed to be interactive with the animals for guests to feel the
connection of animals like we get to enjoy. This is very important to us.

Can spectators come watch without paying?
For our Bird of Prey and the Ultimate Bird of Prey Experience, we can set up a Spectator Ticket
for a reduced price for individual that does not wish to handle any of the birds. That’s the only
experience where we have that capability. All visitors on the facility must be part of the group
at all times under the supervision of staff, as the birds can be uncomfortable around people that
they don’t know and disrupt the experience for the rest of the guests.

How long is an experience?
Our experiences range from one and half hours to five hours, depending on the one you

What should I wear? 
Proper footwear is required. Shoes must be closed toe with good tread. Hiking or athletic
shoes are recommended. No sandals, heels, or clogs. We politely as that no five fingered
shoes be worn as they alarm our birds. We suggest comfortable outdoor wear and plenty
of sunscreen.

Can I bring my pet?
For the safety of our animals and yours, we do not allow any outside animals on to our
grounds, even if they stay in the car. Anyone with an animal will be asked to leave and
will not be issued a refund.

Do you offer gift certificates?
We do! You can find them in our shop here.

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