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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: Blake Weis, Bill & Ruth McKeenan

Start Time:

06:10 AM

End Time:

08:00 PM


Max: 2 C, Min: -9 C

Description of the Day:

The morning was clear with cloud cover up to 10% and light winds. In the afternoon cloud cover varied from 80-100% and small clusters of stratocumulous moved through which dropped the occasional raindrop or snowflake but didn't obscure the ridges significantly. Wind gusts reached 25 km/h.

Migrants used the east ridges and east side of the valley, usually moving low from Patrick to Lorette

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

3 (2 adults, 1 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

6 Bad Eagles (5 adults, 1 undifferentiated immature), 1 Unidentified Eagle

Period with Most Migrants:

10-11 am with 3 migrants

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

2 Bald Eagles (1 adult, 1 sub-adult 3), 1 Northern Goshawk (adult), 1 Red-tailed Hawk (adult), 1 Golden Eagle (unaged)

Other Observations:

Number of Visitors: