I have been awakened three nights in the past week by flocks of Canada geese migrating to their summer retreats not unlike our ‘snowbirds’ going south in their RV’s to escape winter.
One night four flights went over our house in a three hour period. There are many lakes, resting areas, and good feeding grounds on their route north over Vancouver Island. While some might be annoyed but the incessant honking, it reminds me in the quiet solitude of the night that we are not alone and we share this planet with some amazing creatures.
Canada geese have ‘built in’ what we in business generally have to develop in ourselves. They know the value of leadership and teamwork, evidenced by their ‘V’ pattern of flight which allows them to fly further by reducing air resistance, coordinates the ‘team’ movements and speed, and shares leadership.
Migration is spurred by changes in day length, availability of food, and the timing may be influenced by weather patterns. The birds have a site attachment and cognitive ability to recognize habitats and form mental maps. And we think Google and GPS are new concepts!
Most importantly, family units are extremely important to the Canada goose. They will come to the aid of others in the flock that are sick, or injured as well. Work/life balance on the migratory route.
Lessons from the migrating flocks? Perhaps, but tonight I am just enjoying the night choirs.