A Sense of the Goose

A Sense of the Goose
by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes

Next fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in a “V” formation, 
you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates 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.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag of resistance 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 in the wing and another goose flies point.

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

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, 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
Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

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