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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, Ruth Morrow

Start Time:

08:00 AM

End Time:

05:15 PM


+4C to +7C

Description of the Day:

Cloudy day with dark rain/snow clouds to the south and west. Ridges became increasingly obscured through the day and rain began falling in late afternoon. Count was ended at 17:15 pm. Only 5 Golden Eagles were seen.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle 2, Rough-legged Hawk 1

Period with Most Migrants:

14:00 to 15:00 with 3 migrants

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Northern Goshawk 1

Other Birds of Note:

Mountain Bluebird 2, Common Merganser 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Greater white-fronted Goose 23

Number of Visitors: