News Archive

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 >

May 4, 2011

Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month

The Sandy River Delta is the place to be on Saturday morning, May 21, 2011. The Confluence Project and Friends of the Sandy River Delta will participate in the...   more >

March 15, 2011

Confluence Project invites artists to submit Celilo Park RFQs

Confluence Project invites local artists, architects, and/or designers living in Oregon or Washington, and members of the four treaty tribes at Celilo (Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama, and Nez Perce), to...   more >

February 22, 2011

Confluence Exhibit and Reception slated for Fall 2011

This fall, the Center for Arts & History in Lewiston, Idaho, plans to host an exhibit of Confluence Project work. The exhibit will examine aspects of the work at nearby...   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.