Of Geese and Friends

When you see geese flying in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way.

1.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 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

2.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 formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

3.When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

4.The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

5.When a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with the fallen goose until the crisis resolves, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group.

Let’s remember to hold each other up in friendship, to take turns doing the hard jobs; stand by each other in times of need, and to give each other a big “honk” more often.

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