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How Canadian Geese Stand By Each Other

The Canadian Goose Story – An Inspiring Reflection on How Mere Creatures Display Their Loyalty and Brotherhood

Ever wonder why Canadian Geese fly in V formation?  Read on…

Canadian Geese in V Formation

Canadian Geese in V Formation

Next autumn, when you see a group of geese heading south for the winter, flying along in V formation –  you might consider what science has discovered about why do they fly that way.

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird that is immediately following behind.

By flying in 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 more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.”

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 its 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.”

When the lead goose gets tired (the one on the top of the V), it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

“It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs.. with people or with geese flying south.”

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  “What do we say when we honk from behind?”

Finally – the most interesting part and most important!

When a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots, 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.

Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of the brotherhood or sisterhood like the geese, we will stand by each other the way they are.

— Contributed by Bob Brouwere, The Millennium Stories – (Frank Mihalic)
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