Local media was alight with announcements Monday that CRUSADER has taken on a negative connotation, so the new mascot is a NIGHT HAWK for Nampa’s Northwest Nazarene University.
But did the well-intentioned deciders at the Christian institution of higher learning not have at least one staffer who had a passing interest in ornithology?
Night hawks, whippoorwills and other nocturnal feathered flyers are all members of the GOATSUCKER family, Nighthawks are those birds with a white stripe under the wing that dive over the city at dusk snatching up insects. You can often hear the wind beneath their wings.
Our online dictionary offered up this definition for CRUSADER: noun
1 ( Crusader )a fighter in the medieval Crusades.
2 a person who campaigns vigorously for political, social, or religious change; a campaigner: crusaders for early detection and treatment of mental illness.
The bird sites, including BEAUTYOFBIRDS all discuss GOATSUCKERS (Order: CAPRIMULGIFORMES, Family: CAPRIMULGIDAE)…which seems a long way from CRUSADERS.
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