Friday, September 28, 2007

Goose Sense

This fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings it creates an 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. (People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they 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 it alone, and quickly gets back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. (If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.) When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. (It pays to take turns doing hard jobs - with people or geese flying south.) The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. (What do we say when we honk from behind?) Finally (now pay attention), when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly or until it is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose we will stand by each other like that.

My mother in law gave me this article and I thought it was just so interesting. Hope you are having a great day!

Safe Travels,



Karolee said...

About the only thing I miss not having in MT (at least this part of MT) are the migratory geese. We lived in a migratory path in SD and every spring and fall were welcomed by the honking.

Nunnie's Attic said...

That almost made me cry a little. How sweet to think that they stick with and by each other through it all. One can only hope that there is someone in their life who will help them fly, lift them up, ease their burden and hold their hand when their time passes.


Bev said...

I've heard something like this before, and when they're overhead and I look up and see them, I'm always amazed that they just take turns leading, no fussing and fuming, they just do whats best for the whole flock. We humans could learn from them!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I love seeing the flocks of geese as they go by honking loudly. I knew some of those facts about geese but not all of them. Isn't nature amazing.

justabeachkat said...

Thanks! I knew a little bit of this, but still learned a few new things.


Katie said...

Such an interesting blogger, you are!

Christine of Epiphany said...

That IS interesting~ I didn't know all that about geese!

Dianne said...

I've read this before and LOVE it. It holds a great lesson, no doubt!