December through February is an exciting time at the refuge. Thousands of green-winged teal, American widgeon, black ducks, northern pintails, American coots, northern shovelers, ring-necked ducks, and tundra swans make the Mattamuskeet moist soil management units and Lake Mattamuskeet their winter home. Dabbling ducks and tundra swans harvest seed from the bottoms of moist soil management units; geese and swans glean grain from crop fields. Overwintering songbirds eat seed from native shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. Great blue herons, American egrets, and snowy egrets are also among the cold weather sights. Black bears lumber through the farm fields scavenging grain left by farmers; white-tailed deer browse on twigs and bark. Waterfowl hunts occur in December and January. Visitors may drive or hike throughout the refuge areas not closed for wintering waterfowl. The refuge’s visitor center provides opportunities for the public to learn about the refuge and its wildlife and habitats.