Professional Bird of Prey Workshop

Bird of Prey Management and Training

A comprehensive 4-day workshop designed for those who work in a professional capacity with birds of prey and seek to increase their training and management knowledge. This workshop is designed for those with a minimum of 3 years of experience working with raptors.


Upcoming Dates: April 7-10th(Icebreaker on April 6th)

Our Mission: To provide attendees with the information, support, and skills they need to provide their birds of prey with the highest welfare possible.

 Workshop Includes:

Pre-Workshop Facility Tour and Icebreaker

Lecture Series

  • Operant Learning for the Bird of Prey
  • Diet and Food Management
  • Health, Coping, and Equipment
  • Telemetry and Free Flight
  • Housing – Tethering and Free-lofting
  • The Right Bird for the Job/Thoughts on Ambassador Owls
  • Connecting with our Audience

Training and Demonstrations

  • Voluntary Crating, Weighing, Glovework
  • Coping and Heath Checks
  • Equipment Making – Leather, Biothane and Paracord
  • Creance and Free Flight
  • Telemetry in Action
  • The Trainer Game

General Discussion and Round-table Lunches

  • Provides individual and group opportunities for attendees to discuss specific concerns, questions, and behavioral challenges with other attendees and experienced NEI trainers

Farewell Dinner

All workshop materials, (note guides and other resource information), a light breakfast and full lunch are provided daily. On the icebreaker evening and two of the four workshop nights, dinner will be provided.

When: April 7-10(Please plan to arrive at the Ranch by 4pm on April 6thto attend the pre-workshop tour and Icebreaker)
Where: Natural Encounters, Inc. Training Facility in Winter Haven, FL (‘The Ranch’)
Tuition: $950 per person ($250.00 deposit + $700.00 final payment).

Participation is limited to 12 attendees. 

Icebreaker and Pre-workshop Tour: 4:00pm on April 6th, at the NEI Ranch.

**Please note: This workshop is currently full and all applications will be added to a waitlist**

For the Online Application and InformationWorkshop Application form

NEI Training Facility in Florida (‘The Ranch’):

Attending a workshop at the NEI training facility is the best way to learn the art and science of animal training. This 34-acre facility is home to over 80 species of animals. Free of normal daily duties, attendees can concentrate on learning the technology and skills required to perform at the professional level. Each attendee receives personalized attention from our staff of experts, as well as note guides and workbooks that they can take home to share with their co-workers.

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