Teamwork in Nature

Teamwork makes the dream work. A ridiculous cliché I know. But as with most clichés there is often truth in them. There are tons of examples of teamwork in nature that we could learn valuable lessons from. The group hunting strategies of lions and other pack animals. Bees in a hive. Starling murmurations. Birds and nest building.

A group of killer whales is called a pod. The pods can be as large as 40 members. The pods work together to hunt and teach the young.

A swarm of bees work in groups as large as 60,000 to collect nectar and maintain their hives.

A family of sea otters will hold hands while they sleep. Linking together ensures that no family members float away while resting or sleeping. 

A scurry of squirrels will call out to others in the area to warn when predators are nearby. In noisy environments they use a series of tail flicks and swishes as communication. 

Canadian Geese fly in a V formation during long flights. The V formation saves energy for the entire group by using air currents efficiently. If the leader gets tired or sick another can fly into its place without problems and give that goose a break. 

A pack of wolves won’t survive without teamwork.  Being part of a pack helps with hunting, caring for their young, and defending territory.  A pack will go on approximately 10 chases to take down the prey for one hunt. Teamwork is essential for pack survival. 

A murder of crows will work together to chase away predators from their territory.  This behavior known as mobbing is an effective way to work together to protect their nests and feeding territory. 

Without the help of my team of doctors, therapists, family, and friend my bipolar would certainly be more destructive and harder to manage. I wouldn’t be functioning half as well as I am right now without my team.  Find your pack. Build your pod or family. It may be important for your health and happiness too. 

Below is a mobbing of a hawk out in the field. Edgar and his family of at least 8 tried to chase a hawk away. It was a rainy day and I ran out to try and get some pictures. They were kind of far away but you can see the formation change and the teamwork they were using. There were 5 other crows out of frame that rotated in.

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