Fans of Charlie Bird, a local, well-known green-winged macaw, have created a children’s book as a fundraiser. Charlie is known for his appearances at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market with his owner Jojo Porowski.
The book follows Charlie as he goes through his favorite Bloomington activities, such as bike riding and paddle-boarding. It was written and illustrated by Bloomington residents Sarah Milward and Winnie King.
All proceeds from the book will be used for Charlie’s medical bills. In 2018, he contracted an avian virus that affected his central nervous system. He made a full recovery but requires extensive medical care over the course of his life — care that comes with a high price tag, according to official statements. They estimate total costs to be more than $25,000.
Supporters can support the creation of the project on Kickstarter and will receive a free book in return. Limited top-tier supporters will receive a real feather from Charlie.
A physical book costs $15, and online copies cost $5. The books are expected to be shipped to Kickstarter backers in July and will be available for general distribution soon after.