December through February is an exciting time at the Refuge. Green-winged teal, mallards, ring necked ducks, and hooded mergansers may be found in the flooded swamps. Overwintering songbirds eat seed from native shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. Barred owls and great blue herons are also among the cold weather sights. Black bears lumber through the forest scavenging for acorns, and white-tailed deer browse on twigs and bark. The Refuge hosts permitted hunting for deer and small game. Visitors may hike throughout the Refuge areas not closed for hunting.