In 2017 we started at Landgoed Hoenderdaell with a new project. All birds had to be housed in big aviaries, even the birds that are used in the demonstration. This meant a whole new way of training the birds. We started with positive reinforcement training, where all birds had a choice in participating. A very unique way of training birds of prey. In 2018 we had the chance to present this project at the IMATA conference in Portugal. IMATA stands for International Marine Animal Trainers Association. With marine animals PRT is a normal way of working with the animals, but with birds it is still very new.

For our presentation we received an award for second best presentation in the Education and Conservation category.

Since so many people were positive about this project, the new way of training and the presentation, I share it with everyone who wants to watch it again or who wants to share it within their company to inspire their bird trainers.

Hopefully we can inspire bird trainers all over the world to use PRT with their animals.

IMATA Presentation 2018

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