After receiving her degree in zoology and trying many different types of animal-related jobs, Barbara discovered the world of animal training.And what a wonderful discovery it was! Barbara Heidenreich image
Finally, a career where she could get to play with animals! In 1990 Barbara Heidenreich began training birds and staff in zoos around the country for free flight educational programs. This eventually evolved into consulting on animal training around the world. Barbara Heidenreich has served on the board of directors for the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators for 12 years and was honored to be the first female president of the organization.
The companion parrot community is one that is near and dear to Barbara’s heart. She has had a companion parrot, a Blue Fronted Amazon parrot named Tarah since 1987, and now has several other parrot additions to the household. Over the years of presenting free-flight bird shows, Barbara often received questions pertaining to companion parrots in the home. These questions lead her to pen the manuscript to her first book “Good Bird!” A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots” back in 2002. Since then she has authored a second book, produced a series of instructional parrot traning DVD’s and launched Good Bird Magazine. She teaches parrot training workshops around the world and is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of companion parrots. This experience makes Barbara’s teachings truly unmatched. This hands on experience with so many different individual parrots has been invaluable to helping her provide caregivers the tools they need to have a great relationship with their parrots based on trust.
Barbara Heidenreich is busy working on more resources for parrot enthusiasts. Join the Good Bird Inc mailing list and be the first to know when she has something new to help you with your parrot behavior challenges and parrot training goals.