Alaska Endeavour

Exploration - Science - Nature

RV Endeavor

Alaska Endeavour brings the nature, science, and wonder of maritime Alaska to people around the world.


Living on their historic 72-foot research vessel the Endeavour, Bill and Patsy Urschel explore the coast of Alaska, its narrow fjords, blue glaciers, hidden coves, and its thousands of islands.  They host scientists and other researchers on natural history expeditions and visit researchers and others to learn about their work. 


Past expeditions have measured the effect of global warming on glaciers on the Kenai Peninsula, expanded the fossil record of historical climate change on the Lost Coast, checked the health of humpbacks in Sitka Sound, and taken the temperature of salmon streams in Tenakee Inlet.  Upcoming expeditions are in planning to monitor sea bird breeding on remote islands in the Aleutians, track brown bears in the old-growth forest of Admiralty Island, find out how sustainable fishing works in Prince William Sound, and document walrus haul-outs in the Bering Sea.


Through Alaska Endeavour, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Urschels share these researchers’ passion and insights here on this site in writing, photos, and videos.  


Alaska Endeavour is based on the belief that the more we all understand and appreciate the science of nature and the Alaskan wilderness, the more we’ll support its conservation and preservation. 

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