Growing up with animals, Hillary’s enthusiasm for animal behavior knew no bounds. After finding her grandparents’ collection of National Geographic magazines, she logged the daily habits of the domestic tabby cat for research practice – including a few hours of cat naps – on the family camcorder, erasing cherished family memories in the process.
You could probably credit Hillary’s four companion cockatoos for helping her ditch the plan to go to veterinary school after graduating from Colorado State University and following the less conventional path to exotic animal training. Training her birds inspired her to achieve personal goals of the endless pursuit of self-mastery and authenticity, leading Hillary to seek some of the best minds in the field from which to learn. This, in turn, provided incredible opportunities in zoo animal training. The founding of Avian Behavior International in 2013 is an extension of the dogged pursuit to build an environment led by integrity, a commitment to ethical standards of behavior management, and a passion for helping others achieve results with positive reinforcement.
Hillary’s enthusiasm for the preservation and success of birds in the wild and in our homes, is a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week endeavor. With commitments, as various and sundry from her consulting practice, Learning Parrots, to her position on the Board of Directors of the Indonesian Parrot Project, she aims to cultivate the joy of learning and sharing in order to exact change in the lives of birds around the world.
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