How to draw a new Place in Google MyMaps for uploading to iNaturalist

Note: place creation is a large burden on iNaturalist, please see the warnings at

Since iNaturalist removed the ability to draw a new place (see details in this post), here is a tutorial for drawing a shape in Google MyMaps, which can be imported into iNaturalist.


How do I create a polygon, e.g. make first point of the second line be the second point of the first line? I use a mac at this moment and think it does not support the mouse…

One solution for macbook is to change the fysical mouse with a mouse that supports creating polygons in MyMaps. :-)

Just wanted to thank Jane for making this, I’ve been linking to it when people ask questions via email. Thanks!