Generalists are those species adapted to a wide range of environmental circumstances and food sources, while specialist species are really good at one narrow thing they do or require a specific habitat or food in order to survive. An example of a generalist would be mice, which can adapt to practically any environment and consume a variety of seeds, grains, and nuts. This includes the animals we have been trapping. However, when I visited Kejimkujik National Park(Keji for short) the old growth hemlock forest did not offer a lot of biodiversity of animals or food sources. So actually more specialist species, often endangered plant and animals species are found in this rare habitat. An example of specialist animals would be the koala, which lives in eucalyptus trees and only eats eucalyptus leaves.
How would you classify these animals as Generalist or Specialists?
Today it was 50 rainy, wet and muddy. In our traps we caught 2 voles, 1 bog lemming(From my trap and it was much bigger. It was a lactating female the first so far that had given birth!) we also had evidence of 1 porcupine, 5 deer, 1 bobcat, 2 fisher, 5 snowshoe hare.