Jamie Allen is an Atlanta-based writer and multimedia storyteller. His nonfiction, fiction and humor have been featured in The Oxford American, The Missouri Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Atlanta Magazine and others. He is the creator of the Squirrel Census.

Recent Contributions

Fall is in full swing and that means squirrels are busy hoarding nuts for winter. So how do they remember where they buried them? Research suggests they use mnemonic strategies.

By Jamie Allen

Its blooms are lovely. But to many, its smell and invasiveness are anything but.

By Jamie Allen

These adorable marsupials look as sweet as their name. But what, exactly, are sugar gliders?

By Jamie Allen

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There's a lot of conversation around what we should be feeding our backyard hummingbird visitors, so we threw the question, along with others, to an expert.

By Jamie Allen

Your favorite cashmere sweater is super-soft and luxurious. It probably cost you an arm and leg, too. Here's why.

By Jamie Allen

A group of researchers in Shennongjia National Nature Reserve discovered that these female monkeys are essentially happy to feed each other's offspring.

By Jamie Allen

Perhaps it's a mating signal. Or meant to confuse owls and other predators. Or maybe it's just for looks.

By Jamie Allen

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This could mean good news for conservation and anti-poaching efforts if other species follow suit.

By Jamie Allen

The groundbreaking innovation could mean major advances in treating people with diabetes and other vascular diseases.

By Jamie Allen

Believe it or not, despite all of the dire prognostications, there was some good news about the environment in 2018.

By Jamie Allen

A massive white oak in the hometown of the University of Georgia has many wondering whether a tree can even have legal rights — and about the future of the environmental and animal rights movements.

By Jamie Allen

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It's a natural phenomenon known as a 'squirrel king.' But what's the deal and why do squirrels get tangled up?

By Jamie Allen

The Indian giant squirrel is covered in flamboyant colors like orange, black and bright purple. But why?

By Jamie Allen

Once you accept squirrels aren't going anywhere, you can apply a more creative approach to keeping the critters away from your prized tomatoes.

By Jamie Allen

To begin to understand the Coffee Belt, you first have to know what makes for a tasty coffee bean.

By Jamie Allen

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On Jan. 1, 2018 it became legal for adults to partake in recreational marijuana in California. But there are still some restrictions.

By Jamie Allen

Is microdosing LSD just a silly fad or is it time to take a comprehensive look at its potential benefits?

By Jamie Allen

Theories about the ghostly lights abound. Conclusions are harder to come by.

By Jamie Allen

If you think climate change is bad now, two scientists estimate what it would be like without our protected forests.

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It's already a scary world. Why do we seek to experience more fear?

By Jamie Allen

We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting. But by assuming the worst can happen, one expert says, we take the first step toward being prepared.

By Jamie Allen

Studies indicate cannabis can help victims of chronic pain without the risk of deadly overdose.

By Jamie Allen

Why do squirrels exhibit behavior that can get them killed by cars? And how can you avoid them?

By Jamie Allen