Rodney Sturdivant will speak to us on his trip he took to the Galapagos Islands in 1989. The Galapagos Islands are largely desolate lava piles with little vegetation, except on the upper slopes, but are of special interest to naturalists for their large tortoises, land and marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and other unusual wildlife. Tourism is now strictly regulated to protect the endangered species unknown outside the archipelago.
Rodney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Tennessee. He spent twenty years in the USAF as a navigator flying in the KC-135 (air-refueling tanker), the FB-111, and the B-1B. He is currently working as a civilian contractor conducting the systems training (ground school) and instructing the simulator training missions for the B-1B students at Dyess AFB.
Rodney’s also involved in several volunteer organizations:
- Bobwhite Brigade – Instructor, Steering Committee member and Treasurer
- Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP)
- Big Country Master Naturalists – President
- Friends of Abilene State Park – Board member
- Texas hunter safety instructor
- Big Country Master Gardener – intern
Rodney lives in Coleman County with his three German bird dogs and one wayward English Pointer.