News Archive

April 21, 2017

Upcoming Events at Confluence

Earth Day Work Party at the Confluence Land Bridge Volunteer this Earth Day to tend to landscaping needs (mulching!) on the Confluence Land Bridge with hosts Confluence and the City of...   more >

April 19, 2017

Education Fund Honors Lillian Pitt and Her Legacy

Artist Lillian Pitt doesn't like to be called the "founder" of Confluence in the Classroom. Instead, she prefers the term "auntie." The education program she helped create is a simple...   more >

March 9, 2017

Celilo Falls Home Movie Surfaces

We Need Your Help Identifying the People in This Video This newly unearthed home movie of Celilo Falls has never been seen publicly until now.  David Briggs' parents moved from the Midwest...   more >

January 3, 2017

Together, We're Creating a Legacy

Legacy Maker Dinner Presented byThe Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE FoundationArlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer Dear Friend of Confluence, We are sad to report that we have postponed our dinner. The weather is...   more >

Slats in the Confluence Bird Blind list species noted by Lewis and Clark. Photo: Staff.

Confluence Bird Blind Species List Updated

March 14, 2016

TROUTDALE, Ore. - A newly updated list of species in the Confluence Bird Blind at the Sandy River Delta shows some improvements in the environmental statuses of the 129 bird and animals documented by Lewis and Clark more than two centuries ago. The list is etched into the wooden slats of the outdoor room in the shape of an ellipse, designed by celebrated artist Maya Lin. The Bird Blind is the third Confluence art/landscape installation along the Columbia River system. It was completed in 2008 but the species list hasn't been updated until now.

Designer and Confluence volunteer Dylan Woock painstakingly combed through multiple state and national databases to find out how those species are faring today. Turns out, in the last eight years several of the birds and animals have come off the endangered or threatened species list or are no longer considered "species of concern." 

To be sure, the list continues to reflect the dramatic environmental changes that have occurred since Lewis and Clark paddled down the Columbia River. Many of the birds and animals the explorers documented remain endangered or threatened or have gone extinct.

"The news is mixed, with some of these feathered, furred and finned animals increasing in number, and some remaining rare," said Bill Weiler, a wildlife biologist with the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.

Woock added, "Design, in this case, helped to unite biology, ecology and cultural data to create a dynamic awareness of our environment."

The Confluence Bird Blind is located at the end of a 1.2 mile trail at the Sandy River Delta, at exit 18 off I-84 in Troutdale. The project is part of a 1,500 acre restoration project managed by the U.S. Forest Service is cooperation with the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council and Friends of the Sandy River Delta.