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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: George Halmazna, Dan Parliament

Start Time:

07:35 AM

End Time:

06:40 PM


From -5C to +12C

Description of the Day:

Today was one of the rare windless days with the perfect blue and clear sky all day. The light ground breeze starts after 14:30 hrs from NE. The ridge wind was all day between 13-20 km/hr only.
There was no raptors migration till 14:44 hrs and all birds flew over Fisher Range or below ridge level.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

3 ( A-2, U-1 )

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle - 2 ( juvenile and WB/ immature ), Sharp-shinned Hawk-3 ( A-2, U-1 ), Rough-legged hawk-1 U

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 15-16:00 hrs with 4 raptors.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 adult Northern Goshawk

Other Birds of Note:

Bohemian Waxwings - 17,

Other Observations:

White-tailed Deer - 7, Bighorn Sheep - 5.

Number of Visitors: