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The Canadian Goose

This fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying in a "V" formation you might be interested to know what science has discovered about the way they fly. It has been discovered that as each bird flaps it's wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go alone, and the bird quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are going in the same direction.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back into the wing and another goose flies point.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership - we need to be interdependent with each other.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. (What do we say when we honk from behind?)

Lesson: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging, not something less helpful.

Finally, when a goose gets sick or wounded by gun shots and falls out of formation, two geese follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or dies. Only then will they launch out on their own to catch up with the group.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as the geese do, we'll stand by each other, helping our neighbors when they're down

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This page prepared by Wilson Harron

Created: October 31, 1998 Last updated: November 05, 2007




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