This year, the bird chosen for the poster of the Festival is the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). It is also elected by SPEA as the "Bird of the Year 2016". This is one of soaring birds passing by Sagres every year during September and early October, especially immatures and juveniles. Its population has declined in Portugal and Spain, about 30% in the past three decades due to habitat degradation, human disturbance and persecution, currently lying in danger of extinction
The event took place from 30 September to 5 October 2016 and involved 1109 participants of 29 nationalities. During the six days, there were more than 300 activities available related to nature, and at the end, 134 species of birds were observed apart from several species of marine mammals, reptiles and amphibians, flora, etc. The success of this Festival is also due to the group of volunteers who support the organization and implement some of the activities. But we also have to recognize the importance of the entities that sponsor and support the event, including the network of local partners (64) that provide discounts on their services (accommodation, restaurants, shops, tourist companies, health and wellness, travel agency). Next year will be back: on the 1st weekend of October, as always!