The ancestors of the first dinosaurs survived the mass extinction at the end of the Permian (roughly 250 million years ago). The ancestors of our modern day birds, which were part of the dinosaur family, survived the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago - not 65, as previously thought). It makes me think, hope, that whatever happens to our planet in the next 50, 100 years - maybe some bird species will be as resilient and adaptable as their ancestors. Maybe some of them will thrive in the new, hot era. Take this rose-ringed parakeet. It's predecessors adapted to the rather rainy London climate and managed to settle down in Kensington Gardens, among other places. Sometimes we are better at dealing with situations we are not prepared for. Sometimes we survive the harshest circumstances. It gives me hope.