News Archive

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 >

August 1, 2008

First Walk: The ceremonial opening of the Vancouver Land Bridge

The Vancouver Land Bridge, the second Confluence Project site, is now complete. Please help us celebrate with an inaugural walk across this beautiful earth-covered pedestrian bridge that arcs over State Route...   more >

November 17, 2007

Sneak preview attracts 300 to Vancouver Land Bridge

Three hundred Vancouver-area residents turned out on a drizzly Friday afternoon, November 16, 2007, for their first steps on the Vancouver Land Bridge. “This bridge is an icon in our...   more >

October 1, 2007

Move to Ridgefield a success

The move of one of the Confluence Project's seven sites from Frenchman's Bar Park to Ridgefield celebrates the convergence of beauty with utility. In collaboration with Washington State University 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.