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What Can We Learn from Geese?

Updated on May 23, 2018
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All types of animals, birds & insecs are very interesting. Many are under attack, but many people like to learn everything about nature.

Helping Others Feels Good

It always makes us feel good to do something nice for someone else, particularly someone that is in need. Most of us have opportunities to help family members and neighbors in some particular way.

However, think of how much more can be accomplished if a group works together to help others, whether it’s helping an organization or maybe some needy families.

I am in a woman's group, and we bring food to every meeting to give to the poor. We collect box tops and labels off cans for an elementary school in the area that has a high percentage of poor children. We willingly tackle many other tasks that help the community, and it is not difficult for any one person due to the group support.

Geese in V Formation

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Learning from Nature

We can learn a lot from nature as to how to effectively work together in a group. Take geese for example, when they fly south in the winter we always see them in a V formation. This formation lets them keep track of the other geese. Fighter pilots fly in this formation for this same reason. This formation enhances communication and coordination within the group.

As the geese fly in formation each bird fly flies slightly above the bird in front of them, which causes a reduction in wind resistance. This enables the geese to fly longer without getting tired. The flock of geese that fly in formation add a minimum of 71 percent greater flying range than a bird that flies solo.

Compare that to people who have a common goal and direction, plus a sense of community, and think about how much more they can accomplish by sticking together and traveling the same direction.

Spring - Young Geese Swimming

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Encouragement

If the goose falls out of formation it will feel the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, which will quickly cause it to the get back into formation. It knows the lifting power of the bird in front will make the trip easier.

If we are as bright as a goose, we would stay in formation with other people that are heading in the same direction, with the same goals.

If the head goose gets tired it rotates back further in the formation and another goose flies point, so the burden isn’t on just one goose or on one person in a group if they follow that plan.

It makes sense for people to take turns if they’re doing demanding jobs to ease the burden on everyone. Another thing geese do is a honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. Encouragement can go a long way in enticing others to pitch in or even join a group that works together.

Does Someone Have your Back?

Another interesting point about geese is, if one goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of the sky, two other geese will follow it down to lend help and protection.

These geese stay with that fallen goose until it’s able to fly or until it dies. Only then will they fly off on their own or with another formation to catch up with their own group.

Geese are smart enough to stand by each other in times of trouble, and certainly people should act the same way. We feel more confident and we can accomplished much more when we know someone has our back.

Geese Fly in V Formation Why?

In Conclusion

The success of any group depends on working together for a common goal, sharing the hard tasks and encouraging our fellow workers. There is no room for criticism or gossip, only acceptance for a good outcome.

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Linda, I think we can all learn something from the geese. I agree with your comments, and they are appreciated.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    3 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I had no idea about why geese fly in the V formation, or maybe I knew this information at one time, but forgot. Also how two geese tend to a fallen one, that is just too sweet!

    I am all for Teamwork! We work much more efficiently as members of a team than we do working solo. Excellent hub! I'll never look at geese the same way again :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    pochinuk, I am glad you have the geese to enjoy. I find nature fascinating also. I appreciate your comment.

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    pochinuk 

    4 years ago

    Pamela,

    Your composition invigorates me! The natural world has gifted me numerous times with the company of geese; sometimes a whole flock, a large one (tried to count it once... stopped at 96.. and there were more!) camp out across my dirt path.

    On a dead end road, in the morning, when you not sure how the day is going to go, they honk... I have interrupted this honk as "Hail Chris!"

    Kinda stupid, but not really if you knew me well...now my brain has some real stuff to think about when they honk.

    Thanks Pamela!

    I appreciate encouragement to learn from the natural world, and your taking the time to do that for me with our friends who are honking up high for us to be helpful people.

    -pochinuk

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Patricia, You are right. Thank you for your comments and the Thanksgiving wishes. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. Angels are coming to you today also. God bless.

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    Patricia Scott 

    4 years ago from sunny Florida

    Pamela

    We will be well advised to model our behavior after these amazing creatures. Blessed to have so many that have my back...

    And the good news is, it is never to late to heed this advice.

    Know that Angels are on the way to you this morning....I hope all is well with you and yours. Have a lovely Thanksgiving if I do not get back before hand to tell you. ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RTalloni, It does seem like we hear the negative and the bad things more often than not. I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    A neat read on applying lessons from geese. We hear too often about the bad things people do to others and not often enough do we hear about the good things people do to help each other. It may be that we take the help of others for granted, and that people do not like to brag about their good deeds. Thanks for encouraging working together to help others.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Diana, I think that is a true statement and I appreciate your comments as always.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    There's much to learn by observing nature and this lesson is one will help us understand each other better.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mike, That is so true. I appreciate your comments.

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    Mike Robbers 

    4 years ago from London

    Nature is a great teacher for those who have their eyes and minds open...Beautiful hub Pamela,voted up of course!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nell Rose, I look at nature the same way. Thanks so much for your comments and the share.

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    Nell Rose 

    4 years ago from England

    I love the way you used geese to show about group interaction and the way we should be, I always tend to look at nature and think, we could learn from that too! voted up and shared, nell

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    christy, I am glad you enjoyed this hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Christy Birmingham 

    4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Your analogy of the geese is beautiful. What a wonderful way to talk about group interaction and so many other important behaviors. Voting up and beautiful.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Eddy, Thank you so much for your comments and the shre. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend also.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    logoquiz, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your comments.

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    Eiddwen 

    4 years ago from Wales

    How interesting Pamela and I vote up plus share, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

    Eddy.

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    Missy 

    4 years ago from London

    wonderfully motivating! Voted up!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Genna, Nature is a great teacher in many ways if we just pay attention. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Suzie, I absoluely agree and I appreciate your comments.

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    Genna East 

    4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    I was so impressed with the cleverness, camaraderie and mutual support of these beautiful creatures. By the way, some of those V-formations are huge. We certainly can learn from these magnificent birds. Nature continues to try to teach us – does it not? Excellent hub, Pam. :-)

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    suziecat7 

    4 years ago from Asheville, NC

    Great Hub - yes, we have to stick together to be effective.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jo, I agree that nature is a great teacher. Thank you for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Faith, You summed that up very nicely. Blessing others to His glory is a great way to look at the purpose of your actions. Thanks so much for your comments. Blessings to you and your family a.also.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    My cook Book, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Alicia, Team behavior is what is so interesting about the geese. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jim, There is just one more interesting aspect as to the way they take care of each other. I think most birds are quite fascinating anyway. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    prasetio, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and it is good to see you here. I appreciate your comments as always.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Gail, I think the Legacy Scribes are a great example also and I certainly have an interesti the groupl Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 

    4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

    Pamela, we can always learn from nature, if only we took the time to look around us. I love how you applied this to team work, because that is exactly what it is. Nice work as always.

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    Faith Reaper 

    4 years ago from southern USA

    Dear Pamela,

    What an insightful hub here full of truths for sure ... helping others feels awesome! And best of all, when we work together to help others, many are blessed and we make a big impact in this world. What a thought!

    Thank you for all you do to help others, and that you have the support of others helping to make a difference in the lives of others. That is the very reason we are all still here on this planet to use our gifts to bless others to His glory.

    Up and more and sharing

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Faith Reaper

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    Dil Vil 

    4 years ago from India

    Excellent hub, i had a good read. Very well said about many important things that everyone should know. Thank you for sharing. Voted Up :)

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    Linda Crampton 

    4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You've included some great examples of team behavior in geese, Pamela. They are certainly a good model for humans who are working for a cause! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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    FitnezzJim 

    4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

    This is a really good read.

    Geese also have interesting habits when they feed. One or two will stand watch as the others feed, and will call out a warning if a predator or other danger comes near. It is interesting to watch flocks of geese (and ducks) fish on the river, with their guards nearby. The goose guards stand positioned with their heads upright to keep an eye on possible threats from outside the feeding area, while feeding geese duck their heads under water. At the same time duck guards tend to float about in circles. Both sets of guards seem to keep an eye on others as if saying 'trust, but verify'.

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    prasetio30 

    4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very inspiring hub, Pamela. I learn something great here. Nice lesson at the end of the year. Thanks for sharing with us. VOTED UP and Take care :-)

    Prasetio

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    4 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear Pamela,

    I loved the way you used geese as a metaphor for how humans can co-operate with each other. I truly believe cooperation, caring and helping each other is in our basic nature, but in today's culture we are too often encouraged to be in competition with each other.

    Thanks for including information about Mysterious & Miraculous in this hub. I think the Legacy Scribes are a great example of flying in V formation, not leaving the same person to always have full responsibility for the lead, but rather being raised up by each scribes individual efforts to reach the goal of helping veterans through the K9's for Wounded Warriors program.

    Voted up across the board except for funny.

    Hugs & Love,

    Gail

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I think we can definitely lose a lesson from the geese and it is not surprised that you had interviewed Geese before. I seem to remember one of those interviews. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Maria, I think you are making me blush. Your comments are very kind. I do want this project to move forward and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Martie, Very good point! Thanks for your comments.

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    drbj and sherry 

    4 years ago from south Florida

    Your hub, Pamela, is so well-written and such fun to read, I may have to run out and find a goose to interview. Oh, wait a minute, I already did when I interviewed the two Mother Gooses, er Geese, in 'Interview with Mother Goose - Part Two.'

    Based on what you write, m'dear, we can all learn a lesson in living from the goose.

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    Maria Jordan 

    4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Pamela,

    I have loved the lessons from geese over the years. However, your application of these principles and use of Mysterious and Miraculous as an example is stellar and motivating.

    As far as team players go, I would select you every time as a colleague. You heart is huge and your diligence and skills are commendable.

    Love this and love you, Maria

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    Martie Coetser 

    4 years ago from South Africa

    Animals of all kinds are the best teachers. Insightful hub and excellent metaphor. We can easily fly in a V-format with the publisher, editors and writers of the Mysterious and Miraculous series.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    BarI thought exactly the same thing. If nature can do it so well, we are suppose to be smarter and we should be able to work together. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    DDE, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    NMLady, I would love to watch the geese like that. We see occasional flights go through. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Crafty, That is a shame you could not get support. This group is actually the women's club of America, so it has long been established. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    4 years ago from Central Florida

    Pam, if nature can work together in harmony, why can't we humans? We can, if we stop to smell the roses and learn from the critters all around us.

    This is such a wonderful hub with an important message, parlayed beautifully.

    I learned a thing or two I didn't know. Even more of a plus! Thank you so much.

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    What Can We Learn from Geese so interesting about geese we had a few when we lived on the farm and are most fascinating when observed. Great hub, informative, useful and very well presented.

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    NMLady 

    4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

    Every morning we sit and watch and hear flocks of Canada Geese flying from where they spent the night to where they will be spending their day. At night they fly back. They are in the V and they are honking! Canada Geese winter where we live.

    Lovely article. Nice subject!

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    CraftytotheCore 

    4 years ago

    Such a great Hub! We have a huge flock of geese that walk around the school yard. They are so fun to watch, especially when all the children run out of the side door to the playground. The geese fly away and it's an amazing scene.

    That is so great that you have a support group that does such nice things. I tried arranging one around here and there was no "support". LOL

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Martin, I hope the title wil draw others in as well. Thanks for your comments and the share.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I agree that we share simiilar views on many things and I always appreciate your input on my writing. Thank you so much.

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    Martin Kloess 

    4 years ago from San Francisco

    That title drew me in. Great hub! I'm surprised there aren't more comments. posted on FB

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Pamela, we have very similar minds. You see lessons in the daily life that surrounds us, and nature certainly provides us with some great community lessons. Beautiful points made here my friend.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruby, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and after I read about greese I thought it was such a good example. Thanks for your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    4 years ago from Southern Illinois

    This is a wonderful hub! The video is really good. We all can learn from geese, i know i did. Thank you for sharing..

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