The ice storm is wreaking havoc with a Jack Pine in our backyard. The tree is laying horizontally instead of standing vertically. The weight of the ice, plus the additional snow from was just to much for it to bear. It was so cold outside today, it was 16 degrees F when I got home from work. I went outside in the dark to see if I could help the tree, I brought a rubber mallet with me too see if I could tap some of the ice off. I couldn't get anything off but the snow. The tree was completely engulfed in ice, every last needle was ice covered, the bark was ice covered, and with the low temperatures nothing is melting. The trunk has not broken, Jack Pines have soft wood. I'm hoping that it will right itself after a thaw. Here's a picture.
With everything frozen I'm wondering how the birds are faring. They are eating the seed I put out for them, so I know at least some have survived. I have a heated birdbath because birds can't drink ice, nor can the other animals. I am hoping that some have found refuge in the winter roosting house I put out there for them. It should stay warm enough in there if they huddle together. The hole was cut low so when the heat rises it does not escape out of the house.
Please, if you have bad weather in your area, put out some food, water and shelter if possible for the birds and other wildlife.