News Archive

December 8, 2009

What's been going on at Confluence

New Website! With the earlier launching of Journey Book, Confluence Project decided to update its look and provide a new interface to keep up to date. Check us out now...   more >

December 5, 2009

Celilo Park, Near The Dalles, Oregon

Maya Lin's arched walkway at Celilo Park will memorialize the loss of Celilo Falls, one of North America's largest waterfalls which offered life-sustaining salmon and served as a gathering place...   more >

October 1, 2009

The story continues at Sacajawea State Park

With her latest Confluence Project artwork, Maya Lin will tell the complex story of what is now Sacajawea State Park, at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. Seven...   more >

August 1, 2008

Number 3 … A dedication of the third completed Confluence Project site, the bird blind at the Sandy River Delta

Take a family-friendly one-mile walk to the completed elliptical bird blind on the quiet, reflective Sandy River Delta. This new sanctuary - rising among the trees at the water’s edge...   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.