Geese, like Wild African Dogs, provide us another of nature’s examples of how teamwork is the best way to accomplish a common goal. The migration of geese is an awesome sight, as they fly south in the Fall and north in the Spring each year. The remarkable thing is their interdependence in flight. The following observations are the result of years of study.

  1. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates lift for the bird following it. By flying in a “Vee”  formation, the whole flock extends its flying range 71% greater than if each bird flew alone. 

Moral: A football team can get to where they are going quicker and easier if the members share a  common direction and sense of community. Individuals who are not team players only serve to hold the  team back. 

  1. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the extra drag of  "going it alone” and quickly gets  back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. 

Moral: If you have as much sense as a goose you will stay in formation with those headed where we want    to go. This is why it is so important for the Star Chamber members to lead by example. Your lead will keep the others in line and we will be able to accomplish more.

  1. When the head goose at the tip of the “Vee” gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes over the lead position. 

Moral: This should sound familiar. Remember how the Wild African Dogs hunt cheetah? It pays to  take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. The members of the Star Chamber, like the geese, are interdependent with each other. 

  1. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Moral: We need to make sure that we always encourage each other in a positive manner. Remember that we never make any excuses. When the offense is on the field we will give them unconditional support from the sideline. When the defense is on the field, they will do the same. 

  1. When a goose gets sick or wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation to follow him down, to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own with another formation or catch up with the flock. 

Moral: If we have as much sense as the geese, we will stand by each other. If you guys can be as smart as geese and play like Wild African Dogs we will be very successful indeed.