The Campbell Creek IBA is located within and adjacent to the Municipality of Anchorage. It extends east from the shoreline of Cook Inlet up to the ridgeline of the Chugach Mountains, and encompasses riparian ecosystems, black spruce bottomland, wet shrubby meadows, mixed forests, alpine tundra, and disturbed sites.

Ornithological Summary

This site supports significant landbird concentrations and multi-species assemblages, with high numbers of PIF priority species - Gray-cheeked Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Varied Thrush, Bohemian Waxwing, Rusty Blackbird, Townsend's Warbler, White-winged Crossbill, Blackpoll Warbler, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. Plus Surfbird, an Audubon Alaska WatchList species.

Conservation Issues

Potential for animal/plant introductions, disturbance to birds, and filling-in of wetlands.


Site overlaps with municipal park, BLM's Campbell Creek Tract, and the Chugach State Park.


Overstory includes black spruce, white spruce, balsam poplar/cottonwood, paper birch, and quaking aspen. Understory includes willow and alder. Ground cover includes mosses, labrador tea, crowberry, bog blueberry, highbush cranberry, coe parsnip, and devil's club.

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