The Goose Story  - Ilanga Lodge

The Goose Story


 The Goose Story - Ilanga Lodge
When you look up in an early winter sky and see a formation of geese, you might be interested to know why they fly in formation. As each bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the bird immediately behind it. By flying in a V formation the whole flock adds 70% more to its flying range than if one  bird flew alone.

When a goose falls out of the formation it suddenly feels the tremendous drag of trying to do it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lift. When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the wing and another goose fly's point. The geese honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up the pace. When a goose gets ill or is wounded, two geese follow it down to help and protect it. They stand by until it is able to fly again or until it dies. They then launch out on their own or join another formation to catch up with their group.


As members/ friends of a team we can learn from the geese to share a common sense of purpose and direction, to stay in formation if we are going the same way, to take turns assisting each other, to clap and encourage each other and to stand by each other in times of distress.