If You’re into Animal Behavior and Positive Reinforcement Training, You’re in the Right Spot

World renown animal behavior consultant, falconer, and educator Hillary Hankey dives deep with conversations and case studies on parrots, birds of prey as well as horses, dogs and all kinds of animals on topics of behavior as well as nutrition, ethology and problem solving.

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A Bird Brained Podcast for the Nerd Brained

Conversations include:

  • Parrot behavior and training
  • Avian nutrition and husbandry
  • Aviculture husbandry, breeding, and conservation
  • Problem solving with pets
  • Zoo training
  • Ambassador animal training
  • Falconry
  • Wild bird behavior (ethology)
  • Dog, equine, and cat training
  • Learning theory, the science of behavior, and operant conditioning
  • All things animals!

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  • Let's blow the lid off of the way we think of operant conditioning and dive deep with Maasa Nishimuta and Sean Will of CAAWT, or the Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training....

  • This is our second interview with Dr. Scott Echols, Diplomat- ABVP - Avian Specialty, nutrition expert, and, geez, there so many epithets we can tag on here. In this episode, we talk about avian dietary supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids, the ol' pellets versus raw diet debate, and a few other questions within this topic....

  • Owl ambassadors can be tough to train, but in our opinion, so worth it. They are powerful conservation ambassadors for myriad of topics. We topic about two key things that we look at when we set ourselves up to train an owl ambassador....

  • Parrot screaming is incredibly complex! This challenging behavior calls for a comprehensive approach. In this podcast, we tackle just one aspect of parrot screaming: when you parrot screams when you set it down or leave the room. Keeping your parrot busy, especially if he doesn’t......

  • What do trials for human's capacity for G force have to do with animal training? Turns out, the alleged beginnings of Murphy's law at Edwards Air Force Base in California by Colonel Stapp's team had its beginnings not in pessimism but practicality. Our episode explores how we can use this mindset can turn our understanding of animal behavior into mastery....

  • This episode is a juicy one! In our interview with self-proclaimed bird nerd and parrot lover, Melanie Canatella, Founder of Fluff and Feathers, we chat about working with birds with special needs and creating a more harmonious environment and relationship with them. Melanie has been a......

  • Animal training mentors, role models, and teachers can be incredibly impactful for our growth.  This was concept I actively sought when I knew I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could about animal behavior....

  • How do you train your dragon? If you have been on the earth for a hot minute, you know that everyone has an opinion for how you need to train the bird of prey in your care. Let's go over the methods, well most of them. Or some of them....

  •   In this episode, we talk about how our training ethos shapes every interaction we forge with the birds in our care. There are some great ways that we can build our foundation through a firm understanding of the animal training fundamentals, so let’s get......

  • Part 2 of MemberFest 2021 of the Avian Behavior Lab second anniversary live podcast recording covers a lot of ground in the world of bird care and behavior. Everything from aspergillosis, force free veterinary training, and practical approaches to fearful responses. ...

  • It's our Avian Behavior Lab MemberFest 2021, celebrating the second anniversary of our online animal behavior and training membership platform....

  • You can’t tell anyone to be curious, you can show them, you can inspire them, and you can lead with humility and grace That’s what Dani Poirier Larson of the Southwick Zoo shows, the spirit she embodies and shows her team....

  • Animal behavior sure does love routine. But what happens when that routine changes and is beyond our control? What about those changes that affect our mental well-being and then transfer on the way we work with our animals and fellow animal lovers? We talk about the three different ways this impacted our work!...

  • Everyone has preferences, and our birds and other animals are no different. From Amazon Parrots, African Greys, to ravens and Turkey Vultures, the birds that we work with make no bones about it when they have chosen a favorite. Sometimes it is harmless and maybe just causes a bit of hit to our pride (been there!). Other times, a bird with a strong pair bond can be quite dangerous....

  • Hillary got to sit down with the Griz Kid! Wildlife biologist Wes Larsen, bear expert, and all around awesome person talked with us about his work with HawkWatch this spring banding Golden Eagles in Utah....