News Archive

March 14, 2016

Confluence Bird Blind Species List Updated

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...   more >

February 10, 2016

February Updates From Confluence

Classroom Projects in Full Swing Students from NE Portland to Maupin, Oregon and from Vancouver to Trout Lake, Lyle and Wishram, Washington have been hard at work on projects related to...   more >

January 11, 2016

New Year Newsletter: Stories Shape Our Relationship with People and Landscape

Around the office at Confluence, we spend a lot of time discussing our region's origin story. It's true that in the middle of a busy day big questions like who...   more >

December 18, 2015

Confluence Connects Students to Sense of Place

As Confluence works toward building our sixth and final art/landscape installation at Celilo Park, we also continue to grow our education programming to give kids a deeper sense of this...   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.