The Canada Geese

October 21, 2006 at 10:00 pm 22 comments

canada goose 

Every Fall, our dear family friend, Nanay Ayo, always goes back to the Philippines and stays there until Spring.  She’s about 70 years old and already retired.  She escapes the extreme winter temperatures that we get here in Winnipeg.  How lucky is she to be able to do that.  I also know a few retirees who do the same thing.

Also every Fall, the Canada geese fly south to warmer temperatures.  I’ll hear them honk and see them fly up in the sky.  And I am just fascinated at how they fly in the V formation.  I have seen a TV documentary on this topic and I found an article on this website that explains it very well.  I just thought I’d share it with you.

v formation

Geese Facts

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.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

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. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are. When the head goose gets tired it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs…with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind?

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, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

I guess it wouldn’t hurt to follow the example of the Canada geese, don’t you think?


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22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bingskee  |  October 22, 2006 at 1:29 am

    wow! amazing.. talo pa tayo minsan ng mga goose. and we are the highest form in the Kingdom Animalia. 🙂

  • 2. mmy-lei  |  October 22, 2006 at 2:49 am

    i was really amaze on this V formation (esp on voltes v) when i found out that aside from strong bond, it encourages one another to hold on.

    sana ganyan nalang lahat ng tao!

  • 3. eric  |  October 22, 2006 at 4:17 am

    Fascinating information, thanks for sharing!

    To split the year living in two countries, I say, is the life 🙂

  • 4. cruise  |  October 22, 2006 at 6:14 am

    thanks for sharing. learn something today.
    yes i agree, nakakapulot ng aral yung mga flying goose at si nanay apo, survival instinct yan ang kailangan natin sa panahon ngayon, tulong tulong sama sama mas makakapagbigay ng resulta 😉

    by the way, ikaw ba kumuha ng picture?

  • 5. zeroimpact  |  October 22, 2006 at 8:13 am

    I know of the dynamics but not of the latter…
    If we can follow their instinct on par of even 50% we would be living so much better
    But being human’s we’re just humans
    There’s a lot to be done…
    I like your opinion… working towards it and in hopes it will be reality someday… for our children or our children’s children

  • 6. Wil  |  October 22, 2006 at 11:18 am

    My mom splits her time b/w the Phlippines and the US, also — 6 months here and 6 months there. She doesn’t do the V thing though. 😉 Anyway, I’d like to split time as well b/w home and abroad…..hopefully soon.

  • 7. Kyels  |  October 22, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    Nope, I don’t think it would hurt to follow the example of the Canada geese.


  • 8. niceheart  |  October 22, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    That’s right, Bing. Shame on us, no?

    Mmy-lei, I also wish that we could be like them.

    You’re welcome, Eric. I agree that living in two countries is quite the life. 🙂

  • 9. niceheart  |  October 22, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    Cruise, no, I didn’t take the pictures. They move so quick and by the time I could grab my camera, they would be gone. So I just try to enjoy watching them fly.

    I also hope, zeroimpact. 🙂

    Wil, I guess you’re mom is also lucky to be able to split her time between two countries.

    Kyels, I agree. 🙂

  • 10. bodicea  |  October 23, 2006 at 2:38 am

    ‘Tis another post which stabs the samaritan value of humanity.

  • 11. manilenya  |  October 23, 2006 at 3:31 am

    may nakita na rin akong ganyan grupo ng mga tao ..parang canadian geese or pwedeng mga ibon 🙂 …..

    uhmmnn sarap panoorin ang mga ibon na sama-samang lumilipad

  • 12. phil  |  October 23, 2006 at 8:49 am

    Leave it to me to add the wry remark:

    I was stationed at bases in Arkansas and New Jersey, both with beautiful lakes that we couldn’t enjoy because of the Canadian Geese. Our kids especially couldn’t play there because of all the goose crap that coated the ground. Is there any way you can keep them up there in Canada? I think the main problem we had was with the lazy ones that decided to not to go all the way back up to Canada where they belong. They’d just stay like and not leave, like unwanted house guests.

  • 13. niceheart  |  October 23, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    Bodicea, if only us humans could be more like the Canada geese.

    Melai, grupo ba ng tao na lumilipad? 🙂

    Oh, Phil. That’s too bad about your beautiful lakes. How can we keep them up here in Canada? I don’t have an answer. As Cruise has mentioned, it’s survival instinct. The geese want to escape the cold winter temperatures.

  • 14. phil  |  October 26, 2006 at 8:32 am

    It wouldn’t be a problem if we could just “harvest” a few! Goose is traditional fare for Christmas isn’t it? chuckle…..

  • 15. niceheart  |  October 26, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    No, Phil. It’s also turkey for Christmas.

  • 16. Amadeo  |  October 27, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    Niceheart and Phil:

    I noticed the same thing in Michigan. A lot of Canadian geese, bunking on the many lakes around the township. Even in front of the township hall.

    And as my brother cautioned, they are “protected” by law.

    Thus, had to tiptoe around droppings when I did my regular jogging jaunts. But to be fair, the sea gulls also contributed.

  • 17. niceheart  |  October 28, 2006 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Amadeo. So you see Phil, it wasn’t just the geese.

    I noticed that you both referred to it as the Canadian geese, while my google searches all led me to Canada geese. Could it be an American thing? Just wondering.

  • 18. Amadeo  |  October 29, 2006 at 6:19 pm


    Re your question, this site below explains it quite adequately:

  • 19. niceheart  |  October 29, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for the link, Amadeo. I read the explanation and the long thread of comments. 🙂

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