The 1st Bird Festival of Goa, 2016 was held from 11th to 13th November, 2016 at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Ponda Taluka of Goa, during which bird watching trips in early morning and late afternoon were conducted in Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park, Carambolim wetland and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in collaboration with Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN).  Technical session by experts drawn from Forest Departments of Karnataka and Uttarakhand, Bombay Natural History Society, Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Wildlife Institute of India and e-Bird International and others were conducted during the day time.  Several Government departments and NGOs were associated. The delegates came from the States of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab to name a few besides local NGOs, college and school students of Goa also participated.  A photography exhibition of local birds and a cultural evening were other programmes.