News Archive

June 10, 2014

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics completes Confluence Project Triptych

A decade ago Jeri Swatosh, teacher at VSAA, and students began an art infused educational journey with Confluence Project. It has been a journey exploring the historical significance of Fort...   more >

April 25, 2014

Help Get Us On The Move

Confluence Project is on the move, and we want to bring you with us as we celebrate an exciting new partnership with the National Park Service! We are moving our...   more >

March 24, 2014

Confluence Project Awarded Funding From The Ford Family Foundation and Wildhorse Foundation For Work Along The Columbia River System

VANCOUVER, Wash.- Confluence Project has been awarded funds from The Ford Family Foundation and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Wildhorse Foundation that greatly increase Confluence Project’s capacity to...   more >

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 >

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.