Currently I am running a large field trial at OSU's North Willamette Research Center. I selected 23 native Willamette Valley wildflower species based on drought tolerance, as well as four exotic garden species known to be attractive to bees for comparison. During the spring of 2017, we planted five meter squared plots of each species (forming five "blocks" of all 27 species for replication). Weekly, we monitor the floral bloom, perform timed pollinator observations, and use a ghost-busters looking "insect vacuum" to sample insects on each plot. From this research I plan on developing empirically based, pollinator-friendly planting lists of PNW natives. Stay tuned for updates as the field season progresses!