Interesting facts about Canadian Geese and a few of my photos of domestic geese.
Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter... flying along in V formation...you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an 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
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.
Finally...and this is 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
Geese mate for life and will stay together during all seasons. Geese will find a new mate if mate dies or is killed.
If we have the sense of a goose, we can learn from them.
We can lift others and ourselves up buy sharing in a sense of direction, a sense of community
We can depend on others and others on us as we work as a team
We can take turns doing demanding jobs and we can come along beside the sick or wounded, support them when they need assistance.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind? or what do we say when someone honks at us from behind?