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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Have you every wondered why geese fly in a "V" formation? I read that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

You will notice when a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone - and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up with their speed.

When a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

Isn't this amazing? If we have the sense of a goose, people who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. At the same time, if we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are. And lastly, if we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.
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  • At 3/25/2006 10:58 AM, Blogger Barbara

    This is so weird, I just told my son this story today and here I am reading it again. I read about this probably 10 years ago, I thought it was so beautiful that I've remembered it since.

    How odd to have this story in your life twice in one day.

    thanks for sharing it.

  • At 3/25/2006 1:33 PM, Anonymous chelle

    that is so beautiful...I want to be goose like!

  • At 3/25/2006 3:12 PM, Blogger Carmi

    The Canada Goose seems to have become London's (the Canadian one) official bird. They fly here constantly, and I've spent many afternoons with our kids, lying on the lawn, staring up at the sky.

    The vee story has become part of their culture. It's the centrepiece of their learning about community and teamwork. Thank you for reminding us so eloquently of this. Lovely.

  • At 3/25/2006 5:19 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills

    Love this! It is really so true that if we could do all these things we would have a very different world than we do now...Lord, why can't we learn from the Birds and The Animals of our world?
    I really love this and thank you for posting this. Really wonderful.

  • At 3/25/2006 5:24 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern

    We as humans can learn much from this story. Thank you for posting it.

  • At 3/25/2006 7:57 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard

    That's fascinating information. Thanks for posting it.

    Michele sent me.

  • At 3/25/2006 9:35 PM, Blogger panthergirl

    Fascinating!!! Birds are amazing. I recently posted about the movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". Have you seen it?

    Here via michele today! (Love the look of your site. Too cool)

  • At 3/26/2006 6:56 AM, Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD

    Unfortunately, we humans are not like that but of course for some few. If only we were like the goose who has a sense of helping one another in time of crisis, then our world would be better, safe and nice to live in. Of course, to be fair, there are some people who has the same sense as the goose but it is very rare to find people like this at this present age. Unlike the goose their sense of helping one another seems to be a regular tradition to their race.

  • At 3/26/2006 7:23 AM, Blogger Paige

    Helping each other, sometimes more of an animal kingdoom than a human one. Some of us flock & some don't.
    Thanks for coming by. I have a few love letters, poems I sent to my beloved (husand) a few years ago. He has given me permission to post some of them cause as he says...You should share these beautiful writings. You are better than you think.
    He is bias ya know. We are doing well thanks for asking.

  • At 3/26/2006 7:32 AM, Blogger Lazy Daisy

    Great Story....thanks for sharing it. It is a great source of encouragement. Wouldn't it be great if we could learn from their example. Thanks!

  • At 3/26/2006 7:07 PM, Blogger Godknows

    Love this post. Birds are amazing.

  • At 3/26/2006 9:39 PM, Blogger Daydreamer of Oz

    I also want to be goose-like :)

  • At 3/26/2006 9:43 PM, Blogger The Mistress of the Dark

    We should all be more like geese.

    BTW I'm looking for a history on covered bridges for you. I'll email you a what I find later today, I do know that Pennsylvania has at least 100 covered bridges.


  • At 3/27/2006 12:16 PM, Blogger Petite Queen

    thanx fer feedin tis informative post!simply mindblowing n makes me wonder in awe!

  • At 3/27/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Connie and Rob

    Thanks so much for sharing that information. I had never heard that story.

    It would be nice to know that someone would always have your back. They show great loyalty to each other.