Judy Pollock has been a leader in Chicago area bird conservation since 1997, when she and others  founded the Bird Conservation Network.  A bird monitor since 1995 for the North Branch Restoration Project, she and others founded the Bird Conservation Network Survey, the largest local long-term citizen science breeding bird monitoring project in the nation. She still co-coordinates the Survey.  She is currently President of the Chicago Audubon Society, and is a recipient of the ABA’s 2017 Betty Petersen Award for Conservation and Community and the 2018 Partners in Flight Leadership Award.

Judy was employed as Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Chicago Region, working there from 1999-2014.  During that time, she played a key role in developing many local conservation projects including #birdthepreserves, Wild Indigo Nature Explorations, Lights Out Chicago, Illinois Important Bird Areas, the Chicago wilderness Grassland Task Force and the Wild Things Conference.

Before that, she was an educator and administrator in Chicago and New York City High Schools. 

Currently she is enjoying serving the local conservation community as a bird conservation consultant with Living Habitats, a landscape architecture firm. 


Currently a resident of Evanston with her husband Scott, Judy was born in New York and came to the Chicago area in 1985.  She and Scott have two children, Jake and Sonia.