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how do animals cross the road? wildlife survey discovers it's complicated


oro valley, ariz.— it turns out that some types of wildlife like to go over a state highway, others tend to go under it and still others can go either way.those are initial results of a survey of camera-monitored usage of a new $9.5 million wildlife crossing of state route 77 near oro valley in northeastern pima county.deer overwhelmingly preferred the crossing’s overpass while bobcats and javelin — pig-like mammals found in the southwest — preferred the underpass, with only a few going for the overpass.roughly two-thirds of the coyotes went for the underpass while the remaining third opted for the overpass.the crossing project is a partnership of the arizona department of transportation and the regional transportation authority.it’s an attempt to reduce roadkill and to promote wildlife co






steamboat evicts moose family from condo complex – the denver post


steamboat springs — wildlife official used tranquilizer darts to sedate a mama moose and her two calves before relocating them from the condos in ski time square.although moose are arguably the most dangerous wildlife to humans in the steamboat springs area, colorado parks and wildlife manager kris middledorf said the trio hadn’t shown any signs of aggression. they were just in the wrong place.“they were in a really bad spot between two condos,” area wildlife manager kris middledorf said.earlier this month, a trio of snow snowboarders who were caught in an avalanche in maroon bowl had to fight off multiple attacks from a moose after self-rescuing from the slide.tranquilizing moose can be dangerous because the animals are susceptible to respiratory issues when sedated. to reduce the risk, w






how wildlife documentaries play with time


wildlife films are famous for the way they warm time. this video explores exactly what techniques filmmakers use to play with time.full story at youtube.more great movies. posted by josh urich






bay area adoptions and pet-related events


the peninsula humane society & spca invite the public to tour its wildlife care center from noon to 4 p.m. on urday, feb. 4. (courtesy of phs/spca) wildlife care center open house: the peninsula humane society & spca (phs/spca) is holding an open house of its wildlife care center, a state-of-the-art facility inside and on the rooftop of its center for comp ion. the free event includes crafts, a raffle and fun, educational activities. kids and kids at heart can dissect owl pellets and clean glue and oil from feathers and more. donations of mealworms, raw unsalted peanuts, dove seed, unsalted creamy peanut er and spray millet are always welcome. noon-4 p.m. feb. 4, 1450 rollins road, burlingame.






ryan zinke: lead ammunition | the seattle times


it’s pretty hard to feel any confidence in ryan zinke when one of his first acts as secretary of the interior was to repeal a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle in national wildlife refuges.it makes no sense to repeal this ban when steel shot and other materials that are not toxic are readily available. buckshot accumulates in the beds of wetlands where hunters fire 12-gauge shotgun shells at low-flying birds. waterfowl rooting in the muddy bottoms can swallow these pellets, which contain a dangerous neurotoxin. swans and other migratory birds that visit our “so-called” wildlife refuges such as the skagit flats are going to suffer from this reversal.great start for zinke to already be embracing the nra and certain “sport hunting” establishments to the detriment of our wildlife and e






b.c. pair convicted of harassing wildlife after posting video of man riding swim


two men have been convicted following an investigation into a 2014 video that showed the pair harassing a moose attempting to swim across a lake near fort nelson in b.c.jaysun pinkerton and bradley crook, both of fort st. john, b.c., were initially charged under the b.c. wildlife act with harassing wildlife using a boat, attempting to capture wildlife, and hunting big game that was swimming. it was announced friday that the pair had been convicted of harassing wildlife, while the other two charges were dropped.following conviction, pinkerton and crook have been ordered to pay $8,000 in fines. each man was fined $2,000 and must pay an additional $2,000 each to the habitat conservation trust foundation, as well as a victims surcharge payment.relatedthe video was filmed in july 2014 at tuchod






menacing moose moved from breckenridge after threatening skiers – the denver pos


provided by colorado parks and wildlifea sedated moose in the breckenridge nordic center area. police and officers from colorado parks and wildlife tranquilizer and relocated three moose from there on sunday after reports of the animals charging at skiers.wildlife officials have relocated three moose from breckenridge ski resort after reports that the animals were threatening skiers.the decision to tranquilize and move three adult moose came after a viral video circulated over the weekend showing a moose catching several skiers and snowboarders by surprise as it galloped headlong down a run at the resort friday.colorado parks and wildlife officials say it’s unclear if that moose was one of the three removed sunday because that incident occurred in a different part of the ski area.breckenri






30 ducks, geese die from cooking oil waste in lakewood pond – the denver post


federal wildlife managers say more than 30 ducks and geese have died after they came in contact with cooking oil waste in a flood retention pond in the denver suburb of lakewood.the u.s. fish and wildlife service said monday the birds ingested the oil or absorbed it through their skin. the first dead birds were found jan. 20.officials believe the commercial cooking oil was dumped upstream from the pond starting about jan. 18. the pond collects runoff from residential and commercial neighborhoods.the fish and wildlife service asked for the public’s help in finding whoever dumped the oil. ducks and geese are protected by state and federal laws.






leaning on their own outdoors lives, and connecting with young people


from diminished habitat and threatened wildlife, vexing challenges face minnesota’s outdoors. also much-publicized are questions of just who will use and protect the state’s rich heritage in the years to come.hunters and anglers are the primary source of funding for wildlife conservation through license fees. all told, hunters spent $725 million in minnesota on their sport in 2015. their numbers, however, are declining. the majority of the hunting-fishing population in minnesota is older, white and male in a state whose population is trending younger and more diverse.“most of us in conservation do not look like america,” said dan ashe, former director of the u.s. fish and wildlife service, last year. “we do not, therefore, adequately represent america.”he feels the same way today: a new ap






leaning on their own outdoors lives, and connecting with young people


from diminished habitat and threatened wildlife, vexing challenges face minnesota’s outdoors. also much-publicized are questions of just who will use and protect the state’s rich heritage in the years to come.hunters and anglers are the primary source of funding for wildlife conservation through license fees. all told, hunters spent $725 million in minnesota on their sport in 2015. their numbers, however, are declining. the majority of the hunting-fishing population in minnesota is older, white and male in a state whose population is trending younger and more diverse.“most of us in conservation do not look like america,” said dan ashe, former director of the u.s. fish and wildlife service, last year. “we do not, therefore, adequately represent america.”he feels the same way today: a new ap






interpol: $5.1 million of illegal wildlife and timber seized


united nations (ap) — interpol says a three-week operation to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife and timber in 43 countries has led to the seizure of $5.1 million worth of illicit products from wild cats to seahorses and the jailing of almost 90 people.the operation, codenamed thunderbird, was carried out jointly by police, customs and border agencies, along with environment, wildlife and forestry officials ahead of world wildlife day on friday.its results put a spotlight on the increase in wildlife trafficking and the billions of dollars it generates annually in illegal profits.“simply put,” said interpol secretary-general jurgen stock, “criminals are helping themselves to the environment’s precious resources without a care for the cost to our planet.”most read storiesunlimited digital






search is on for cobra that slithered out of florida home


ocala, fla. — police and wildlife officials are searching for a tan and yellow monocle cobra that apparently escaped from a florida home.the ocala star-banner (http://bit.ly/2mvw0e2 ) reports a man was shadowing the snake's owner so he could get a license to handle poisonous or venomous reptiles and snakes. he was at the home late monday while the owner was working.police say he opened the cover of the cage and the snake jumped at him and then slid away. the man called the owner who rushed home. when they couldn't find the snake in the sealed room, they called the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission.neighbors told the newspaper they were notified overnight about the missing snake.wildlife officials say the apprentice shouldn't have been left alone in the sealed room.






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wild colorado is an outdoor-recreation mobile app that will bring the research power of the library to users' smartphones. the wild colorado app will let users: search a database of colorado mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. identify wildlife they see while enjoying colorado's great outdoors. add notes and take their own p os of wildlife. share their information on popular social media.






world's oldest seabird hatches new chick at midway atoll


honolulu — the world's oldest known seabird has a new chick.the u.s. fish and wildlife service said thursday wisdom's offspring hatched at midway atoll national wildlife refuge last week. the laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild.fish and wildlife service project leader bob peyton says wisdom has returned to midway for over six decades. he says she has raised at least 30 chicks.midway atoll is home to the world's largest colony of albatross. the island about 1,200 miles northwest of honolulu was the site of a pivotal world war ii battle.nearly 70 percent of the world's laysan albatross rely on the atoll for habitat.midway is part of the papahanaumokuakea marine national monument.






former elbert county deputy wanted in deer poaching case – the denver post


a former elbert county deputy is wanted nationwide after missing his court appearance for an alleged deer poaching case.according to a news release from the 18th judicial district attorney’s office, steve few faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including attempting to influence a public servant, trespassing, destruction of big game wildlife, hunting without a license, illegal possession of wildlife, shooting from a public road and hunting with artificial light.on nov. 17, colorado parks and wildlife received a report of suspected illegally harvested deer near the town of elbert. after a wildlife officer investigated, the elbert country sheriff’s office and the 18th judicial district attorney’s office focused on few as the primary suspect and discovered he was a deputy.few, origin






just like that, three chicks arrive on eaglecam


two eagle chicks arrived thursday and a third saturday on the popular eaglecam, the streaming feed monitored by the nongame wildlife program specialists with the minnesota department of natural resources, and excitement ensued on social media."all three fuzzies are here!" was the nongame wildlife announcement on the program's facebook page saturday, with video of the three getting fed in their nest. "how cute is that. oh my. triplets," said one commenter. "fish friday?" said another, referring to the food pile stacking up in the eagles' nest in the metro area.the first was laid jan. 28, and the eggs normally hatch in order. the dnr announced the first arrival thursday in a news release; the second was announced, with photos of the two hatchlings, on the nongame wildlife program facebook pa






2 mexican nationals admit missouri refuge pot-growing plot


jefferson city, mo. — two mexican nationals have admitted in federal court their role in a large marijuana-growing operation at a central missouri federal wildlife refuge.twenty-seven-year-old carlos horacio vasquez-duarte and 24-year-old rigaberto camacho reyes pleaded guilty tuesday in jefferson city.federal prosecutors say law enforcement officers discovered the marijuana-growing operation last october on five acres of the big muddy national fish and wildlife refuge in howard county. that's where vasquez-duarte and reyes were arrested.prosecutors say a u.s. fish & wildlife service agent calculated that there were 881 plants in the ground and 1,103 plants that had been cut and were drying at the site.sentencing dates for vasquez-duarte and reyes were not immediately set.






uganda seizes ton of ivory, arrests 2 west african suspects


kampala, uganda — ugandan authorities seized a ton of illegal ivory and arrested three west africans they believe were plotting to ship it abroad, an official said saturday.the seizure happened late friday at an "opulent, expansive house" in a suburb of the capital, kampala, where law enforcement officials had been monitoring the west africans for several weeks, said gessa simplicious, a spokesman for the uganda wildlife authority.a liberian and two guinea-bissau nationals were arrested for possessing the ivory and would face criminal charges.the ivory likely had been imported from neighboring countries such as tanzania and congo because it had markings not familiar to ugandan authorities, simplicious said."we are happy because uganda will not be used anymore as a transit point" for smuggl






in the mountains of arizona, a rare sighting: a jaguar, not seen that far north


wildlife officials say they have evidence of a rare jaguar sighting in the united states, giving conservationists hope that the endangered cat is re-establishing itself here.the u.s. fish and wildlife service released a photo thursday from a trail camera that was taken in november and recently retrieved.it shows the spotted cat wandering through the dos cabezas mountains in arizona about 60 miles north of the u.s.-mexico border. fish and wildlife spokesman jeff humphrey says it’s the farthest north of the border that a jaguar has been seen in decades.“the significance is that we’re getting a clearer understanding of where jaguars occur in the borderline area,” humphrey said. it’s been decades since a jaguar was spotted in that mountain range, he said.officials say they can’t tell the jagua






court rules wyoming wolves should be stripped of federal protections


wolves in wyoming should be stripped of endangered species act protections and management given to the state rather than the u.s. government, a federal appeals court ruled on friday, a decision that opens the door for hunting of the animals.u.s. wildlife managers in 2012 determined that wolves in wyoming had rebounded from the threat of extinction and that the state plan to oversee the creatures was adequate to ensure their survival.but conservation groups sued, contending the u.s. fish and wildlife service had acted in an arbitrary and unlawful fashion in finding wyoming’s plan acceptable. they argued the state would fail to maintain the animals at certain population levels and would subject a portion of them to being shot on sight.a u.s. district judge sided with environmentalists in a 2






court rules wyoming wolves should be stripped of federal protections


facebook, trump news, u.s. newscourt rules wyoming wolves should be stripped of federal protectionsreuters04 mar 2017 at 00:02 etwolves in wyoming should be stripped of endangered species act protections and management given to the state rather than the u.s. government, a federal appeals court ruled on friday, a decision that opens the door for hunting of the animals.u.s. wildlife managers in 2012 determined that wolves in wyoming had rebounded from the threat of extinction and that the state plan to oversee the creatures was adequate to ensure their survival.but conservation groups sued, contending the u.s. fish and wildlife service had acted in an arbitrary and unlawful fashion in finding wyoming’s plan acceptable. they argued the state would fail to maintain the animals at certain popul






mountain lion killed by hunter who was trying to lure coyote by mimicking an inj


a northern california hunter who had mimicked the call of a distressed rabbit to attract a coyote found himself fending off a mountain lion instead, state wildlife officials said.the hunter, who was not named, was wearing camouflage and lying face down on top of a small hill near the north shore of mono lake on friday when he heard a noise behind him, according to california department of fish and wildlife spokesman andrew hughan.looking over his shoulder, the hunter saw the mountain lion coming toward him and quickly covered his head with his arms, hughan said. the cougar landed on the hunter and then jumped away. the hunter grabbed his gun and fired two shots, killing the mountain lion.“it appears the mountain lion was responding to the rabbit call and the encounter resulted in the hunte






former elbert county sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting buck with service weap


a former elbert county sheriff’s deputy is in trouble after he allegedly shot a mule deer buck while on duty and then was busted by a wildlife officer who was hiding in the woods to watch for someone to return to the poached buck.herbert stephen few, a 51-year-old retired georgia state police officer, is scheduled to appear in court monday to face eight criminal charges in connection to the case. authorities said he skipped town in december after an arrest warrant was issued and recently was apprehended in another state.few is accused of using his county-issued .40-caliber glock handgun to shoot the buck around 11:30 p.m. on nov. 16 after he saw the buck in his patrol car’s headlights while driving on a rural road near the town of elbert, according to his arrest affidavit.he allegedly had






all eyes on the eagle after first egg arrives


the time has come to again bookmark the minnesota eagle .a much-anticipated egg was laid over the weekend, meaning more eyes will be watching the popular eagle parents for signs of more arrivals via the state’s streaming feed from the nest in st. paul.“thrilled to see the first egg after watching all signs of ma and pa hovering over the nest,” wrote one facebook follower on the nongame wildlife program’s page. it’s there that the egg’s arrival was announced urday afternoon.keepers of the eagle , the specialists in the nongame wildlife program of the department of natural resources provide regular updates online. included are timelines and details of the hatchlings from previous years.three eggs were laid as of jan. 31 last year. in 2015, the first egg was laid jan. 19. the parents protect






lawmakers renew push for drilling in alaska wildlife refuge


anchorage, alaska — former u.s. sen. frank murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in america's largest wildlife refuge. the alaska republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.the field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the arctic national wildlife refuge, implying that such a barren landscape would not be harmed by oil rigs.sixteen years later, murkowski's daughter is trying again. u.s. sen. lisa murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up alaska's northeast corner and is larger than west virginia and connecticut combined. with a republican congress and president, she's hopeful that the timing is right."if you ask me," she told the associated press by phone from wash






scientists say trump’s border wall would devastate wildlife habitat


callie richmond / the texas tribunescott nicol, co-chair of the sierra club’s borderlands campaign, stands in front of the border fence in hidalgo in far south texas. this section, which sits atop a levee, runs between a national wildlife refuge and a local nature center.hidalgo, texas — muddy handprints cover the rusty, iron posts on this section of border fence in far south texas. the 18-foot-tall barrier, which runs between a national wildlife refuge and a local nature center, ends abruptly less than a mile down the road. still, somebody clearly thought it was best to cross here.“this is probably one of the most visible places they could have climbed,” scott nicol, co-chair of the sierra club’s borderlands campaign, said before snapping photos of the handprints. “i don’t know if they go






warmth brings early-rising bear to colorado backyard – the denver post


colorado springs, colo. (ap) — a male black bear brought out of hibernation early by warm weather will be relocated after he was captured in a colorado springs backyard.the gazette reports the bear climbed a tree before the sighting was reported to authorities saturday morning.wildlife officers hit him with a tranquilizer and removed him.temperatures in the high 50s woke the bear.colorado parks and wildlife spokeswoman lauren truitt says the bear will be relocated and could resume hibernating if the weather cools down.she said bears usually wake up from their deep winter sleep in march.






early eastern washington trout opener on wednesday will be hindered by freezing


the eastern washington lowland lakes trout opener is wednesday (march 1), but it looks like snow, ice and rainy weather conditions could get in the way of a successful outing.“pretty much all the march 1 lakes are still frozen over with thick ice,” said chad jackson, a state fish and wildlife biologist in ephrata. “the only open water is the northern third to half of martha lake and all of lenice lake.”for martha lake located east of town of george, jackson points out, anglers should know that there is still a hefty amount of frozen and compact snow in the access sites. anglers not equipped with a four-wheel drive vehicle might want to park outside the access area along the side of the frontage road.for the quincy lakes area, the main road to the west still has lots of snow on the roadway






why you should never feed wild animals


image from c.p. ewing.seeing wildlife up close is one of the most thrilling parts of exploring the outdoors, and you may be tempted to feed the animals to tempt them to come closer. here’s why you should never feed them, no matter how much you want to.advertisementfeeding wild animals doesn’t just cause them harm from ingesting things they shouldn’t, it also causes longer term damage that affects their behavior and could put them at risk. here’s what can happen:attraction to places with people: as animals get used to being fed by humans, they gather in places where people feed them, like campgrounds, boating areas, and tourist spots. this can cause normally solitary animals, like sharks, to get territorial when crowded into a smaller area.increased aggressive behavior: animals may get more






rhinoceros shot, killed for horn at french wildlife park


paris — a zoo director says a 5-year-old rhinoceros at the wildlife park he runs near paris has been shot three times in the head by assailants who stole the animal's horn.thierry duguet told the associated press that poachers broke into the thoiry zoo overnight and used a chain saw to remove the horn from the rhino named vince. zookeepers discovered his carcass tuesday in the rhinoceros' enclosure.duguet says police are investigating and the suspects still are at large.the thoiry zoo is famous for its safari park that can only be explored from inside a vehicle.according to le parisien newspaper, a rhinoceros horn can be sold for up to 40,000 euros on the black market because of a strong demand linked to the belief that the horns have aphrodisiac powers.






just like that, two chicks arrive on eaglecam


two eagle chicks arrived thursday on the popular eaglecam, the streaming feed monitored by the nongame wildlife program specialists with the minnesota department of natural resources, and excitement ensued on social media.the third egg was laid feb. 3. the parents incubate the eggs for 35 days, meaning another hatching is in the offing.the first was laid jan. 28, and the eggs normally hatch in order. the dnr announced the first arrival thursday in a news release; the second was announced, with of the two hatchlings, on the nongame wildlife program facebook page: "two chicks! first feeding for the first chick. the second chick is still wet, fresh out of the shell!"the dnr said biologists feared for the first egg after it was left exposed for an extended time in the cold. at the time, a nong






just like that, three chicks arrive on eaglecam


two eagle chicks arrived thursday and a third first-seen saturday on the popular eaglecam, the streaming feed monitored by the nongame wildlife program specialists with the minnesota department of natural resources, and excitement ensued on social media."all three fuzzies are here!" was the announcement shared on the program's facebook page saturday, with video of the three getting fed in their nest. "how cute is that. oh my. triplets," said one commenter. "fish friday?" said another, referring to the food pile stacking up in the eagles' nest in the metro area.on sunday, an e-mailed update from the nongame wildlife program said the chicks are getting nourished in a number of ways:"for the first several hours after hatching, the chicks are nutritionally sustained by the egg sac that they fe






florida deputy, trappers pull big gator from swimming hole


fort mccoy, fla. — people may want to think twice before going for a swim at the silver glen springs recreation area in north florida.the marion county sheriff's office posted photos on its official facebook account of a 13-foot alligator that had "taken residence" in a designated swimming zone in the recreation area near ocala.deputy david christmas called the florida fish and wildlife conservation commission on saturday after getting a call about the gator. the wildlife agency called in local trappers who helped the deputy pull the gator from the swimming hole.the trappers took custody of the gator, and the area was reopened to swimmers.






rhinoceros shot, killed for horn at french wildlife park


paris — a zoo director says a 5-year-old rhinoceros at the wildlife park he runs near paris has been shot three times in the head by poachers who stole the animal's ivory horn.thierry duguet told the associated press that poachers broke into the thoiry zoo overnight and used a chain saw to remove the horn from the rhino named vince. zookeepers discovered his carcass tuesday in the rhinoceros' enclosure.duguet says police are investigating and the suspects still are at large.the thoiry zoo is famous for its safari park that can only be explored from inside a vehicle.according to le parisien newspaper, a rhinoceros horn can be sold for up to 40,000 euros on the black market because of a strong demand linked to the belief that the horns have aphrodisiac powers.






federal cyanide trap injures eastern idaho boy, kills dog


pocatello, idaho — federal authorities have confirmed that a cyanide trap intended to kill coyotes in eastern idaho instead killed a dog in an incident that local law enforcement officials say also injured a 14-year-old boy.the u.s. department of agriculture acknowledged friday that workers with its animal and plant health inspection service's wildlife services placed the device called an m-44. the device activated and killed a 3-year-old lab named casey on thursday near pocatello."aphis' wildlife services confirms the unintentional lethal take of a dog in idaho," the agency said in an emailed statement to the associated press. "wildlife services has removed m-44s in that immediate area."it's not clear how many other devices had been set.bannock county sheriff lorin nielsen in a statement






bizarre scene caught on video: wild turkeys circle dead cat


randolph, mass. -- a bizarre scene of a group of wild turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat was caught on video by a massachusetts man who perhaps best described it: an attempt to give the feline its 10th life. jonathan davis came across the fowl play in the boston suburb of randolph thursday. he posted a video on twitter that he says was viewed a half million times by the late afternoon. the recording shows what appears to be 17 turkeys circling the cat. dave scarpitti is a wildlife biologist at the massachusetts division of fisheries and wildlife. he suspects the turkeys were sizing up the threat of the cat and had no intention to make a meal out of it. he says turkeys prefer bird seed and vegetation.






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calling all tennessee sportsmen/women and wildlife enthusiasts. would you rather be outside enjoying all of the beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities that tennessee has to offer? are you looking for outdoor adventures? well, the twra finally has an app for that. now you can take the twra with you whenever you're on the go. features. stay on top of all of the twra's latest news through our rss feed. fingertip access to tennessee's hunting/t ping, waterfowl, fishing, & boating guides. buy your licenses, renew boats, and report and see your harvests online. always know when sunrise and sunset is in your neck of the woods. find a wma, check stations, hunters for the hungry processors, fishing spots, boat ramps, and wildlife viewing areas near you (and even get directions). uploa






just like that, three chicks arrive on eaglecam


two eagle chicks arrived thursday and a third first-seen saturday on the popular eaglecam, the streaming feed monitored by the nongame wildlife program specialists with the minnesota department of natural resources, and excitement ensued on social media."all three fuzzies are here!" was the announcement shared on the program's facebook page saturday, with video of the three getting fed in their nest. "how cute is that. oh my. triplets," said one commenter. "fish friday?" said another, referring to the food pile stacking up in the eagles' nest in the metro area.the first was laid jan. 28, and the eggs normally hatch in order. the dnr announced the first arrival thursday in a news release; the second was announced, with photos of the two hatchlings, on the nongame wildlife program facebook p






toast to willie nelson with seven spanish angels beer


if there is one person who embodies texas as a spirit, a people, a nation, it’s willie nelson. the man is literally a living legend. it doesn’t matter who you are, politician, celebrity, average joe—when you’re in the presence of willie, when you get a chance to see him perform, it’s amazing.i’ve had the pleasure of seeing willie nelson perform many times, most recently with the federalist’s own ben domenech at last year’s austin city limits festival. that day willie was joined on stage by a dozen people, including other ians who were performing at the festival, his family, and the man who serves as his unofficial sidekick, the man who introduced him to the tens of thousands of people in the crowd, matthew mcconaughey.the ians who joined willie on stage, including margo price and nathaniel