Dennis Demcheck a @USGS employee, snapped this great photo of a female Great Horned Owl nesting in a Live Oak tree. Here's what he had to say
about it. "She was 'staring me down' because she had eggs to protect. It was taken in southwest Louisiana in the Mermentau River Basin near the town of Thornwell." @USGS was in the area to study the effects of the insecticides on biotic communities in the Mermentau River basin. The Great Horned Owl is a good example of how a healthy biotic community can support a wide variety of wildlife including top predators like this owl.
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