Known for its plant and animal diversity, this area is a haven for many neo-tropical migratory songbirds during the spring and fall. Year-round residents include raccoon, mink, fox, deer, and bobcat along with several birds, amphibians, and reptiles. The rock ledges serve as snake dens for copperhead, cottonmouth and timber rattlesnake, along with a few non-poisonous species. From the scenic overlooks, turkey vultures and hawks are often seen soaring over the treetops. In 1980, the Little Grand Canyon was designated a National Natural Landmark due to its unique ecological and geological features. Notice the different communities of plants and animals as you move from the dry ridge tops to the moist floodplain of the canyon floor.