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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: Caroline Lambert, Lynn Macintosh

Start Time:

07:25 AM

End Time:

05:35 PM


The temperature started at -15, reached a high of -4, and ended at -5.

Description of the Day:

The day started with some barely moving high altocumulus clouds, clear ridges, no ground winds, and a freezing cold -15C temperature. The clouds gradually cleared until noon, when cumulus clouds started moving in from the northwest. These built up gradually, until 17:00 when light snow started falling, the ridges were obscured, and the count was abandoned. A "high" temperature of -4C was recorded at 16:00, though it felt colder due to the wind now blowing strongly down the valley from the north.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:


Period with Most Migrants:

No migrants were seen

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

One Pileated Woodpecker, about three Common Ravens, two Black-capped Chickadees, and one Canada Jay.

Other Observations:


Number of Visitors: