Although ornamental plants and family pets need special care during the cold weather, native plants and animals have evolved to handle the natural variability of our climate. Obviously, individuals that are weakened by age, injury, disease, etc. may not survive a prolonged cold snap. Many of our bird species have migrated south to warmer weather and greater food supplies. Most reptiles have found shelter (under bark, below ground, under fallen trees, etc.) that will keep their body temps above freezing. Trees, including the swamp's needle-bearing Bald Cypress, have dropped their leaves and will remain inactive until the warming weather of spring.
Yesterday in the late afternoon, there was still some ice hugging the edge of the swamp or encircling the bases of trees and cypress knees. Meanwhile, Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) methodically marched through the upland forest in search of acorns or insects hidden within the leaf litter.