April 19, 2013
A recent TEDxConcordiaUPortland event included accomplished Pacific Northwest Native American artists, Lillian Pitt and Toma Villa. In this video, enjoy Lillian and Toma's expressions of gratitude for what their ancestors... more >
February 18, 2013
During her visit to Portland last week, Maya Lin spoke with The Oregonian associate editor David Sarasohn. In his February 16th article, Sarasohn reflects on the 10 year journey that... more >
December 6, 2012
The Confluence Project is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 recipients of art education grants to support Gifts from Our Ancestors, the arts program led by Warm Springs artist Lillian Pitt... more >
August 28, 2012
"Weaving the (Digital) Stories of Celilo Falls: An Introduction to Confluence Project's Interactive Website"
The Oregon Encyclopedia continues its monthly series of History Nights at Mc Menamins pubs with programs at the Edgefiled Power Station Theater. Enjoy a preview of the new and upcoming Confluence... more >
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.