We know that in the animal kingdom there are species that have distinct mating rituals, partner for life and are even monogamous. Do they divorce like we do?
In an article titled, We are Drawn Together in Order to Heal, we read:
As men and women, uniting the masculine and feminine forces is our ultimate challenge here on planet Earth. We catch glimpses of this incredible potential that lies deep in the quiet currents of our hearts and occasionally allow it to carry us along until we bump up against old fear-based notions that love is not enough.
Perhaps the absence of the ego in animals allows them to respond to the instinct in all sentient beings to answer the natural call from love to connect and bond.
Lessons on love from Geese
Lessons from Geese has been circulating around the web for several years, but my copy is pre-internet. The source is anonymous, unless anyone happens to know for sure.
Lessons From Geese
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if the bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the “lifting power” of the bird immediately in front.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go (and be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to the others).
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and share leadership with people, as with geese, we are interdependent on each other.
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging and not something else.
When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out, either with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese we too will stand by each other in difficulty until we are strong.
34th Annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls Feb. 14 -17, 2013
We are extremely fortunate here in the Klamath Basin to be home to such a vast array of wildlife and bird life. This weekend our local Audubon Society is hosting its 34th Winter Wings Festival.
From the Oregon Festival Guide:
The Winter Wings Festival is produced by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society and takes place each year over Presidents' Day Weekend. It's one of the longest running bird festivals in the nation. A small gathering that began as the Bald Eagle Conference over 30 years ago has now become an incredible event for bird enthusiasts of all stripes.
Over 500 people have registered for the festival in recent years to enjoy presentations, workshops, field trips, and free family activities. The festival has featured phenom birders Kenn Kaufman, Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul, and Jeffrey Gordon, and the photography program continues to improve with participation and support from Canon USA.
The Klamath Basin, located in southern Oregon and northern California, is a major migratory stop on the Pacific Flyway. Over 80% of the birds that use the Flyway stop over in the Klamath Basin. Six national wildlife refuges covering nearly 200,000 acres attract an impressive variety of waterfowl and raptors, many in astounding numbers.
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