Dave Womach has worked with birds for most of his life. An entertainer by profession at age 13, Dave trained and incorporated doves into his earliest routines. Stage acts require the most reliable behaviors and Dave’s training skills have produced flawlessly trained birds.
In 2000, Dave got umbrella cockatoo, Linus, and went on to prove that a rescued parrot with a questionable past can be trained to become a great pet and performer. Dave went on to become the World Champion in his field of entertainment that year.
Dave is a founding member of Birdtricks.com (initiated in 2002) and shared with the avian community the many benefits of training their birds.
One of the first to introduce the concept of freeflight to the world, in 2008 Dave and his wife Jamieleigh started the Freestyle Flyers Club through which they successfully trained clients to fly their parrots outside. Their documentation of their awe-inspiring freeflight experience with their own birds has changed many people’s views on the then controversial topic of freeflight. Today, freeflight is not only widely accepted but is encouraged by the avian community and Dave and Jamieleigh remain at the very forefront of this trend.
Dave’s strength is in intricate training that is built on a strong foundation of positive reinforcement. He has gone to great lengths to understand the habits of predatory birds, watches weather patterns and implements other risk reducing factors and his attention to these precautions make their freeflying course the safest and most comprehensive available. They have a 100% success rate with their clients.
Jamieleigh Womach has one of the most recognized faces in the avian community and is well respected for her methods and successes in parrot training.
Jamieleigh began her journey with parrots as a teenager. She mentored under Dave Womach and got her training experience through hands on work with a variety of parrot species. During this time she developed a style of her own and has countless successes under her belt. While Jamie is part of the freeflight team, she is also available to help with your training issues at home.
Jamie is small detail oriented. While standing back to observe a training session where everybody is watching the performance of the bird, Jamieleigh will be the one to note a late click or uncomfortable body language realizing that the “little things” often have the biggest impact.
Having somewhat different styles of training, Jamieleigh and Dave are the perfect compliment to each other which offers their freeflight students the well-rounded experience of two professional trainers.
Her strength is in her teaching abilities. She gets right to the point in helping people understand the things they need to know to be successful in any aspect of bird care or training. She does whatever it takes to ensure her students have been given every tool for success possible before they venture out on their own. She has her own special way of driving home a point and has been known to fabricate “learning scenarios” in an attempt to reach a student that she feels isn’t quite getting the message. If you are a student of Jamieleigh, you will leave a much wiser bird owner.
Patty Jourgensen’s first bird was a found, injured screech owl whose wing did not heal well enough for release. She spent a great deal of her childhood with her now tamed owl perched on her shoulder and she went on to form a powerful bond with all things with wings.
In the 80s, Patty’s flock of parrots began to emerge and grow. Without having an avian community or an avian vet to turn to for advice, Patty did her parrot research the old fashioned way: at the library and through hands on experience as she fostered and boarded the birds of others.
In 2009, she began blogging for Birdtricks.com and became very active in their social media. Birdtricks facebook page became a popular go-to source of information for the avian community. Her heavily shared blog posts have helped many people with parrot problems all over the world. Jamie and Patty began working together on projects and eventually produced the well-respected and veterinarian recommended “Cooking for Parrots” diet and nutrition course.
Patty’s works to communicate to people that there are no bad parrots and she helps people to see the role their own behavior has on their parrot’s behavior and how to understand the world as their parrots see it.
Her current flock consists of two elderly cockatiels, umbrella and goffins cockatoos and a camelot macaw with a foot defect. constant research and with the guidance of several avian vets.
Patty’s strengths are in her continuous research in the area of health and diet/diet conversion. Combined with the guidance of several avian vets over the years, she can help you keep your bird healthy. She also has years of experience helping people work through behavioral problems such as biting and screaming or unwanted hormonal behaviors. She is our go-to person for cockatoo issues. If you have needs in any of these areas we will refer you to Patty.
Chan Quach has been working around parrots since a very young age, and developed a natural instinct for working with a variety of animals. His passion always lay with the parrots, though, even though he has experience working with birds of prey.
Also a biologist, the science behind animal training was something Chan always understood and implemented in every aspect of his life. He harness trains all of his parrots with ease; something the general parrot owner public struggles with immensely!
He incorporates his big city lifestyle (San Fransisco, CA) into being a thriving environment for his feathered family members. Including them in the fun of riding a bicycle to the nearby parks, free flying at heavily populated areas and at heights overlooking the city.
Chan is available for the following topic of consultations, whether in person, in home or via Skype, FaceTime, phone or email:
- Harness training your parrot
- Free flight training (indoors or outdoors)
- Teaching your bird(s) to be a "city bird", ie: taking underground trains, busy bus rides, behaving in extreme busy environments, restaurants, etc.
- Lifestyle flying behaviors (being able to jog with your bird, or bike, etc.)
His Graduate Bird Flyer Program and contact info is available via facebook. If you have a local bird club, free-flight club, veterinary clinic, etc. Chan is available for speaking engagements as well.
Chan’s strengths are in his ability to satisfy the “real life” needs for parrot owners. His immersion in city life makes him uniquely qualified to train your bird for life in the big city. To our knowledge, he is the only trainer offering these services and his results are always flawless.