News Archive

June 28, 2012

Call for Proposals: "Gifts from Our Ancestors" 2012-2013

The Confluence Project and artist, Lillian Pitt, invite teachers from the North Wasco, Sherman, Dufur, Wishram, Hood River, White Salmon, and Corbett school districts to submit project proposals for the...   more >

June 12, 2012

Celilo Memory Sharing

You are Invited to Share Your Celilo Memories Please join the Confluence Project, in partnership with the Museum at Warm Springs, to record your Celilo stories, an opportunity to create a cultural...   more >

September 19, 2011

Civilian Conservation Corps

Confluence Project is researching the history of the Northwest's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program, which was headquartered at Vancouver Barracks (the present site of the Confluence Land Bridge). If you...   more >

September 12, 2011

Site Updates: Chief Timothy and Celilo

What a busy summer! Many behind-the-scenes events have kept Confluence Project staff members on their toes this season. Primarily, we continue to raise funds to build the two remaining sites:...   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.