News Archive

October 5, 2010

Story Circles dedicated with drums, song, poetry and fanfare

“Wow, it’s a beautiful day!” Maya Lin proclaimed to the enthusiastic crowd attending the dedication of the seven Story Circles at Sacajawea State Park on Friday, August 27. Gorgeous weather...   more >

August 3, 2010

Celebrate the dedication at Sacajawea State Park, and enjoy the road trip getting there!

Confluence Project is delighted to announce the upcoming dedication festivities for Maya Lin's engraved basalt Story Circles at Sacajawea State Park on Friday, August 27, 2010, at 10 a.m.. The...   more >

May 12, 2010

Creating an archive for enduring access

In 2002, Confluence Project set out to inspire the future preservation of our cultural and natural resources. This summer will see the completion of the fourth of seven planned installations—the...   more >

March 1, 2010

Interpretive Panels Exhibit at Cape Disappointment

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking public comment through March 31 on the new "Gaia in Your Backyard" interpretive panels on display at the Lewis and...   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.