Nicole Sudduth is stepping down as executive director of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy after four years at the helm of the organization.
Sudduth is moving out of the area.
The conservancy board plans to advertise for the position, seeking someone with a mix of traditional and nontraditional experience.
“We will greatly miss Nicole’s leadership, passion and compassion for wildlife and conservation, and the powerful motivation she brings to our organization,” the board said in a statement announcing the plans. “Nicole leaves our organization in a very strong position for future growth and we offer our collective and warm thanks for her contributions and leadership during her tenure as executive director.”
Sudduth has been active with the organization for two decades and took over as executive director in 2014. She also has served as board vice president and president. During her tenure, she was known for compiling the conservancy’s annual butterfly count, authoring a guide on the butterflies of Loudoun County, and spearheading the amphibian monitoring program, as well as saving and restoring vernal pools.
She also led the campaign to save Monarch butterflies and was integral in the establishment of hundreds of Monarch waystations and pollinator gardens throughout the county in schools, public spaces and private homes.