October 16, 2015
How can we learn from our past in a way that shapes a hopeful future? The power of this idea guides the work of Confluence. And this vital work relies on... more >
September 14, 2015
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Momentum continues to build toward completing Confluence's sixth and final art installation along the Columbia River system in collaboration with celebrated artist Maya Lin. The M.J. Murdock... more >
September 12, 2015
Rather than an update about Confluence, this month's newsletter is devoted entirely to the legacy of a critically important elder in the development of Confluence and a truly inspirational man.... more >
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.