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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 and Rick Robb

Start Time:

07:00 AM

End Time:

06:15 PM


-22 C at the start, -12 C high

Description of the Day:

Cold! Blue sky all day, with a few light clouds (10% of the sky) 11:00 to 14:00. Wind less than 10 km/h until 13:00, then gusting to 15 - 20 km/h to the end. Snow plumes off the ridges indicated approximately SW winds aloft, light to moderate until 10:00, then increasing to strong by 15:00.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

9 (7 adults, 2 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

2 adult Bald Eagles

Period with Most Migrants:

13:00 to 14:00 with 1 Bald Eagle and 4 Golden Eagles

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Canada Jay, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 3 Ravens.

Other Observations:

Nothing of note.

Number of Visitors: