Heart of the Gila Documentary Needs Your Help

Heart of the Gila Documentary Needs Your Help

As you probably know, the Gila River was one of Ella’s loves, and this iconic southwestern river is still under the threat of a diversion project. One of the ways we can help to extend and expand the work she did is through backing an important documentary about the river that is currently being made by a… Read more

Transforming the Earth-Butterfly by Butterfly

Transforming the Earth-Butterfly by Butterfly

Butterfly Way is a habitat restoration project along the riverine corridor of the Gila River, in Southwestern New Mexico, promoting an increase in the diversity of native plant hosts for butterflies, birds, bees and other pollinators. In honor of the passion and dedication of Ella Jaz, Ella Sala, and Michael, we are motivated to create… Read more

Ella’s Fight to Save the Gila River

Ella’s Fight to Save the Gila River

[Written by Susan Dunlap, and originally published by the Silver City Sun-News.] Aldo Leopold student in Silver City is fighting to save the Gila River 14-year-old Ella Kirk is an articulate advocate As Grant County residents gear up for the fight over the Gila River in 2014, river activists have found a very powerful voice… Read more

Love of Animals: Ella’s Support for Heifer International

Love of Animals: Ella’s Support for Heifer International

Ella was a lover of goats, passionate about protecting the environment and committed to the work of Heifer International. Ella Jaz began her interest in Heifer when she was just 8, raising money from her schoolmates and community to purchase goats and rabbits for children around the world. Ella lived in a small southwestern New… Read more

Protecting the Gila: Ella’s 2014 Testimony to NM State Legislature

Protecting the Gila: Ella’s 2014 Testimony to NM State Legislature

“Ella Kirk’s passion was working to save the Gila River from a diversion project. She created a petition and delivered it with 6,470 signatures from around New Mexico and the world to NM Governor Susana Martinez to stop the diversion. This short video presents Ella’s testimony to the NM state legislature in February 2014 on… Read more