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The main observation site is the Hay Meadow, Mt. Lorette Site. The site is located in Kananaskis on the bank of the Kananaskis River. It has a view of the open valley. which allows excellent (though rather distant) viewing of the Fisher Range to the east. The bulk of the Golden Eagles and other raptors use this ridge as part of their preferred migration route.

Mt. Lorette Observations

See the seasonal count reports and daily summaries for historical observation counts. The following observations started in Fall 2021.


Observers: Graeme Dunlop, Glenn Webber

Start Time:

07:10 AM

End Time:

05:30 PM


+2 to +6 °C

Description of the Day:

A sunny morning with some cumulus clouds. Heavier clouds to the south and west gradually moved north throughout the day bringing snow and obscuring the ridges by mid-afternoon. Ground winds were moderate SW initially veering S to SE by mid-afternoon and gusting to over 40km/h. Ridge winds SW moderate to strong. The observation site was moved to Wasootch Creek at 15:30 but no raptor movement was observed. Weather conditions did not improve and the count was ended at 17:30.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

One adult Bald Eagle

Period with Most Migrants:

13:00 TO 14:00 with 4 migrants

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

11 American Robin, 4 Mountain Bluebirds, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 6 Canada Geese

Number of Visitors: