Searching for multiple counties at once?

I’m not sure if there’s not a way to do this, or if there is and I’m missing it.

Is it possible to search multiple counties at once in location, and if not is there a way to add it? It’d be a simple boolean function but typing in Cameron County, TX OR Hidalgo County, TX OR Willacy County, TX doesn’t seem to work. I have spent/do spend a lot of time near county conjuctions that don’t have defined place names–Potter/Randall/Oldham, Hutchinson/Moore, Dallas/Tarrant/Denton.

You can make a collection project limited to those particular counties.

You can also add it into the url
e.g. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=7113,7140
7113 is the code for Malawi, 7140 is the code for Namibia. This shows them both on the map.

If you click on explore, and search for the country/area. Look in the url at the top. You will see the ID number. Add a “,” then the next ID number for the 2nd place.

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How to use iNaturalist’s Search URLs - wiki has the tip @Shauns gave and many other useful search tricks.

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this may be a weird question, but how on earth do I get a list of what search ID’s equal what counties? We have 254 counties in my state. That doesn’t count NM, OK, or CO where I go regularly

If you do a search for each place in turn in identify then you’ll see the name of the place in the url. So if you search for “Cameron County, TX” you’ll get:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?place_id=1553

Hidalgo County, TX:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?place_id=817

Note that the “Place” box will only show one of the places but it should search for observations in all the places in the url.
So both is:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?place_id=817,1553

See https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=1553,817
Is this the area you want covered?