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Team work - are geese the ultimate team players?

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Next Autumn, 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 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 into the wing and another goose flies point.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed.

Finally…and this is important…when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots, and it 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.

And what does that mean for us do you think?

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Published on 06/10/2013 by Emma Harle.

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