News Archive

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 >

July 30, 2013

The Bird Blind and Vancouver Land Bridge Turn 5 - Come Celebrate!

Please join Confluence Project and friends as we celebrate these two special events on August 15th and August 24th, 2013. On August 15th, from 5-8pm, Confluence Project and Delta partners celebrate...   more >

June 26, 2013

Youth Art Exhibit On Traditions Of The Columbia River

Young artists will showcase art work inspired by traditions of the Columbia River in a traveling exhibit opening Saturday, July 6th, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in...   more >

April 19, 2013

TEDx talks go LIVE with Lillian Pitt andToma Villa

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 >

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.