...a lesson in cooperation from a flock of geese. In the Okanagan Valley we see geese flying all year long in a "V" formation. Through science we have learned that 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 power than if each bird flew on its own. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it immediately feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. Quickly it gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. WHen the lead goose gets tired, it rotates to the back of the "V" and another goose flies point, changing leaders. The geese honk loudly from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow that goose down to help protect it. They stay with that goose until it is either able to fly in a "V" or until it is dead, and they launch out on their own or with another "V" formation to catch up with the group.

Adapted from: "Safe Kids" USA