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Take on the Message of the Geese.

When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what researches have discovered about why they fly that way.

It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings that it creates an updraft for the bird immediately following behind. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range then if each bird flew on its own.

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People who share a common direction & sense of community spirit can get where they are going quicker & easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another. When ever a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone & quickly gets back into formation in order to take advantage of the lifting power of the one immediately in front of it. Now if we had as much sense as the goose, we would stay in formation with those who are heading the same way we are heading.

Goose Flying HonkingWhen the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the wing & another takes its place. It pays to take turns at doing the hard jobs with either people or geese flying. The geese from behind honk to encourage those in front to keep up their speed, so we in the same way should encourage those in our team.

Goose Shot DownFinally when a goose gets sick or is wounded by a shotgun and falls out of the formation, two geese fall out with it & follow ThreeGeeseFlying it down to help & protect it. They will stay with it until it either recovers & is able to fly or until it is dead. Only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their flock again.

If we had the same sense as the goose & practiced it, we would stand by each other through thick & thin.



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A group of Geese is called a gaggle on the ground and a skein when in flight.

The first bird domesticated by man was the goose.

Geese belong to the order Anseriformes, which includes all sorts of waterfowl. Swans and geese are the largest of the waterfowl, characterized by long necks and non–iridescent coloration. Even though they are waterfowl, geese spend most of their time on land.

There are two major genera among the geese:
Anser geese usually have pink orange or gray legs and bills. Their bills are serrated. Belonging to this group are Bar–Headed, Bean, Emperor, Greylag, Pink–Footed, Ross’, Snow, Swan Goose and White–Fronted.

Branta geese always have black bills, which are softer than those of the Anser geese and without serrations. Belonging to this group are Barnacle, Brant, Canada, Nene or Hawaiian and Red–Breasted. A baby goose is called a gosling.

Geese live approximately 25 years.

Geese spend most of the day foraging for food, which is primarily obtained by grazing. They like short grasslands next to a body of water and prefer fertilized over unfertilized grass for feeding. This is what attracts them to golf courses, playgrounds and other well–maintained lawns.

Geese will choose a mate when they are about three years old and will stay monogamous for life, raising new families together each year. If one mate dies, the other mate will sometimes wait several years before choosing a new partner or might even stay single.

Geese have a very strong instinct to return to their general area of birth to mate and nest. They will either return to the exact site or to a nearby pond or other body of water. Migratory geese will even fly 3,220–4,030km (2,000–3,000 miles) to return to these sites. Geese like to build their nests on the ground at isolated sites near water.

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The female goose will build a nest and line it with down plucked from her body. She will lay one egg each day until the full clutch of about 5 eggs is obtained. After all the eggs are laid, she will sit on her nest to incubate the eggs, which takes about 28–30 days. Whenever she leaves the nest, she will cover the eggs with sticks to keep them warm and to camouflage to nest. During all this, the male goose will stand somewhere nearby to keep watch but not too close as to give away the location of the nest to a predator.

The parents will lead the goslings to the safety of open water within 24 hours of birth. Goslings are able to dive and swim 9.1–12.2m (30–40ft) underwater when they are just 1 day old. They will eat almost continuously.

Goslings are able to fly when they are about 2–3 months old. They will stay with their parents and follow them back the following year to the place where they were born. There they will form flocks with other young geese. Geese are one of the few birds in which the family does not break up at the end of the breeding season.

Once a year, adult geese will lose flight and tail feathers, which is called moulting. They are unable to fly until the new feathers have come in. This takes about 6 weeks. Geese like to be near water during the moulting season, to be able to escape from predators.

The natural predators of geese are foxes, owls, raccoons and snapping turtles. When geese are scared or threatened, they will stretch out their necks and honk loudly. Male geese are very protective of their female partner and will often stand between her and a perceived threat.

Geese use about 10 different sounds to communicate, depending on the situation confronting them.

Geese are not vegetarian and will eat slugs, snails, worms, mice, baby rats and hamsters if left with them.

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