Geese learning to fly in formationPhoto by: Stock Photo

— by Susan Eirich, PhD —

When you look up into the sky and see ragged looking formations of geese (very ragged), you know it is late summer. The young ones are practicing for their long migration. In late summer, their haunting cries fill the air as they begin their sessions- a few geese here, a few there. I wonder how they find each other in the end, choosing companions for the long and dangerous flight.

By now they have become more coordinated, individually and as a flock, and the flocks are larger, one goose after another taking turns at the helm. It is not an easy thing, making a perfect aerodynamic V formation. It takes work and leadership as well as instinct. I feel protective of them and send my good wishes for safe journey.

14 September 2017

Dr. Susan Eirich is the Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. A licensed psychologist, biologist and educator, her goal is to widen the circle of conversation about conservation to include the voices of all living beings.

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