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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: Bill Wilson, Brian McBride and Cliff Hansen

Start Time:

07:05 AM

End Time:

05:10 PM


-1C rising to +1C then dropping to -2C at the end.

Description of the Day:

A nice mix of sun and cloud all day, with ground winds mostly SSW 5-10 occasionally gusting to 20 or 30 km/h and ridge winds SW to W 30 to 50, gusting up to 80 km/h. Despite the "light" ground winds, though, what wind there was was feeling very chilly by the end of the day.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

5 (4 adults and one unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Rough-legged Hawk (dark phase)

Period with Most Migrants:

Pretty evenly distributed with either one or zero migrants each hour from 9 am to the end.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Goldern Eagle

Other Birds of Note:

240 Canada Geese heading south very high up (flock sizes ranging from 25 to 100 birds).

Other Observations:

Nothing of note.

Number of Visitors: