The 8th annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough and surrounding towns is set to be held Saturday, Dec. 18.

Begun locally in 1973 and compiled by John Ranta, the Christmas Bird Count is the world’s oldest and largest biological survey and citizen science endeavor, with thousands of participants worldwide. The count is open to birdwatchers of all levels.

For more information and to sign up, contact John Ranta by email at