News Archive

November 8, 2017

Confluence is Yours!

Become a Friend or Legacy Maker of Confluence today. What an amazing year it's been for this important work of connecting people to place through art and education. Just look at...   more >

November 3, 2017

Fall News from Confluence

Making a Difference at the Sandy River Delta It was a blazingly sunny morning at the Sandy River Delta, near Troutdale, Oregon,  for "Make a Difference Day." Thank you to all...   more >

September 6, 2017

Don't Miss These Upcoming Confluence Events

Confluence Story Gathering Story-driven discussion that elevates indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system.  Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 November 4, 2017 2:00pm...   more >

August 27, 2017

Confluence News & Events – August 2017

Thank You Pink Martini! A heartfelt thank you to Confluence board member Thomas Lauderdale and Pink Martini for hosting an incredible benefit concert on Saturday, August 19th in Lake Oswego.  We...   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.