BAYARD HOLMES BRATTSTROM's self-description summarizes a career lived with boundless energy, contagious passion, and a relentless drive to push boundaries and share ideas of all sizes. His career and life have been characterized by humor, curiosity, and an extensive publication record. In 2021, the Southwestern Association of Naturalists recognized his academic contributions by honoring Dr. Brattstrom with the Society's top honor, the W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award, commending him for his lifelong contribution to the conservation of southwestern species.

Bayard Holmes Brattstrom was born on 3 July 1929 to Violet Holmes Brattstrom and Wilbur Leroy Brattstrom. His mother, a homemaker, later became a real estate agent; his father was an accountant. From his birth through his early childhood, the family, including Bayard's younger sisters, Susan and Barbara, lived in Chicago, Illinois (Fig. 1). Perhaps it is unsurprising that, like many herpetologists, Bayard's interest in the natural world...

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