News Archive

March 16, 2015

March News From Confluence

Confluence in the Classroom Projects Bloom Spring is when Confluence in the Classroom projects come into full bloom. At eight schools in Oregon and Washington, Native artists and tradition keepers are...   more >

February 10, 2015

February News from Confluence

Latest Confluence Site Gets Underway Of all the Confluence sites, Chief Timothy Park looks the most like the Native landscape Lewis and Clark observed 200 years ago. It's Confluence's fifth site...   more >

January 28, 2015

Spirits Interpreted and the Art of Mask Making

On February 7th, join longtime friends and artists Lillian Pitt (Wasco, Yakama, Warm Springs) and Bill Rutherford (African American,Chickasaw) for this unique, one-day opportunity. What started as a challenge from...   more >

December 8, 2014

Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund Supports Celilo Park Art Installation

Confluence ends a banner year with yet another major grant in support of Maya Lin's final art installation along the Columbia River system. The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has awarded...   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.