News Archive

March 9, 2014

Art Installation Will Recall Silenced Celilo Falls

This article, by Colin Fogarty, first appeared as a Guest Opinion in the Oregonian. Colin is the executive director of Confluence Project. One of the geographic and culture features that helped...   more >

February 3, 2014

Confluence Project Welcomes Colin Fogarty As New Executive Director

The Confluence Project has named veteran public radio journalist Colin Fogarty as its new Executive Director. Fogarty will help lead the group’s 12-year-old effort to complete the installation of six...   more >

December 19, 2013

The Collins Foundation Awards Confluence Project $250,000 for Celilo Park

The Confluence Project is pleased to announce the recent award of a $250,000 capital grant by the Collins Foundation for the Celilo Park project. The...   more >

September 6, 2013

Letter From the Executive Director

Dear Confluence friends, What an enormous honor to serve as Executive Director for Confluence Project for nearly 12 years!  It is just the right time now for me to step away...   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.