Saturday, January 26, 2013

Salem in January - Geese Migration

I'm currently in Salem, which is in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. One big difference from Portland is the open skies.  Today, I was out kind of exploring the area and saw hundreds of geese flying overhead.  I tried to take a picture, but I only had my cell phone and it didn't fully capture it.  It was amazing.

Here's a link to a you tube of geese flying that I think is particularly beautiful:

Some of the lessons learned from geese:

1. Trade leadership so that one goose doesn't always have to be the leader..those behind actually have it easier because of the air currents.  It really is harder for the leader.

2.  Communicate constantly.  It can be a little noisy, but it works.  You need to know where everyone is and if there are any problems.

3.  Take a break before you are tired and rest in areas where you can stay together

4.  Stay together!

5.  Know your destination and be patient in getting there.

I'm sure there are more.  I'd appreciate feedback from those who have thought about this and have some more ideas about lessons from geese.

PS:  I have had some trouble on the preview getting the "youtube" to run, so here is the link

Hope it works.   It's less than 2 minutes and very beautiful.  These geese are headed north and the ones I saw were headed south, but I don't think that makes a huge difference.

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