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We are a "by appointment only facility" please visit us by means of booking one of our experiences or courses.

Raptor Hill Falconry

The Virginia Falconry School

1810 Panorama View Dr. 

Stanley, VA 22851

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Step out of the dark ages and into the present

with behavioral science training.

  • Are you up to date with your handling skills? 

  • Are you using the most positive, least intrusive, methods?

  • Are you relying on your equipment to control your bird? 

  • Are your raptors willing and choosing to participate with you?

 

If you’re not sure, here are a few things to ask yourself: 

  • Are you capturing birds before programs? 

  • Does the raptor willingly step up, come to the glove without coercion? 

  • Will the raptor willing go into a crate when cued without your assistance?

  • Do you blame a raptors bad behavior on their personality?

  • Are you able to fix unwanted behaviors?

  • Are you demonstrating your raptors natural behaviors or just lecturing about them?

With countless ways to train, we choose to train our birds using learning science methods, applied behavior analysis also known as positive reinforcement training (PRT). We use the most positive least intrusive methods which is based on over 100 years of behavioral science.  This training method allows for the bird to have a choice in participation without force and for their behaviors to have meaning. By using these methods, we create trust, consistency and strong bonds with our birds. 

At our facility you will see raptors that are trained to fly in and out of their mews and  willing to participate in their own care and health management.

Raptor Handling & Training

About our Raptors and Their Training

We Offer Customized Workshops

for You & Your Team

All of our workshops are tailored to your team, birds and the areas of training that you want to focus on. The suggested topics below can stand alone or be blended together to create longer sessions. This is not an exhaustive list of topics. Please contact us to discuss other areas of training and reinforcement.

Workshops can run 2 hours to 6 hours. They are high-content, interactive and designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to change your behavior and produce results. 

Suggested Topics:

- Bad Bird / Good Bird - behavior isn't always based on the birds "bipolar" personality. It's probably you. 

- Wings in Your Face, Talons in Your Neck - how to have a willing participant in all aspects of training without bloodshed.

- Bells and Mirrors Aren't Enough - how to provide a rich and stimulating living environment for your birds. You're a wildlife center, not a mental hospital. 

- Godzilla Catches a Bird - that's how your bird feels when you come at them with nets and gloves. Learn how to have your bird willingly come to the glove and transfer happily into their travel box. 

Appropriate For

Wildlife Centers | Nature Centers | State Parks | Zoos

Falconers | Veterinarians + Staff | State Parks

Wildlife Rehabilitators | Avian Keepers 

Consulting Services for Raptor Handlers

Take the Next Step Toward a Better Relationship with Your Bird

Contact us for further details!