The Barometer Earthstar, seen above, was seen at a preserve recently by Board Member Jacquie Littlejohn . The petal-like rays of this extraordinary fungus open and close in response to the moisture content of the air and soil, protecting its spore sac from being eaten by snails and other predators!

Learn more about this amazing fungi and view a time lapse sample of the Barometer Earthstar’s activities!
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UPDATE 2/12/19: We have a new GIS trail map for the 1,009-acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve in Easton and Weston. Simply go to the App Store on your mobile phone and download the Avenza Maps App (available for IPhone and Android), then search for Trout Brook Valley to access and save trail map.


Founded in 1966, Aspetuck Land Trust is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is the preservation and conservation of open space, including farm and forest land, and the natural resources located thereon, primarily in the towns of Easton, Weston, Fairfield and Westport, for the benefit and education of the public.