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James C. Yerxa Nature Preserve

An artists' inspiration on the Keswick RiverThe James C. Yerxa Nature Preserve sits on the Keswick River, a short distance from its confluence with the Saint John River, just north of Fredericton. Visit the preserve to see a protected silver maple floodplain forest, as well as a waterfowl staging area for bird migration. Two rare birds, the cinnamon teal and the glossy ibis, and one rare plant, Rugel's plantain, have also been spotted on this preserve.Artists from near and far have been known to be inspired by this piece of land. It is one of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick's smallest preserves, with two small pieces of land totaling 3 ha (7 acres) , but it remains ecologically significant.Those looking to get out on to the river use an area nearby to launch their boats. Find the ExploreEcoNB mobile application on Apple, Android, and Windows app stores ( for directions to this nature preserve, as well as information about other Nature Trust of New Brunswick nature preserves and many more natural areas to explore throughout the province.

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