News Archive

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 >

November 21, 2014

Arlene Schnitzer To Donate $1 Million To Confluence

Arlene Schnitzer will make a $1 million gift to help fund the internationally significant Celilo Park Confluence Project. Pink Martini band leader, and Confluence supporter, Thomas Lauderdale made the announcement...   more >

November 12, 2014

Searching for the Lost Sound of Celilo Falls

The roar of Celilo Falls could be heard from miles around. The place tribes called W’yam was a center of commerce and sustenance for Northwest native people for thousands of...   more >

October 22, 2014

Maya Lin to Speak to Portland City Club and University of Oregon

Confluence is one of Maya Lin's most ambitious projects. It spans six sites in two states, stretching 438 miles. Next month, you have two chances to learn ...   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.